Moses Avalon is reporting that a new contest from CNN will cheat a struggling artist out of potentially $20,000 / year. I read the article…. very interesting. I agree that CNN is pulling a fast one on the artists, but in a small way I understand why they have to do it. It cuts down on paperwork. If CNN owns the song outright, then they’ll never have to worry about fighting with the artist in a “I want more money… / stop using my song” type of scenario. For the artist this is a bad deal, but would you turn it down?
Fun Fact (because I watch terrible television): Jay McCarroll is a fashion designer who won the first season of Project Runway. He turned down $100,000 and a bunch of other stuff because of a clause in the contract that would give the Project Runway production company 10% ownership of everything he does forever. Forever? Forever, ever?
And kudos to MA for pointing out that Robin Meade is also a recording artist. Her debut country album renders such potential hits as “Dirty Laundry”, “A Nice Bunch of Girls” and the next drag queen anthem – “With My High Heels On”. Test you will for generic music here HERE.