Music Industry Already Has Enough Idiots Claiming to be Authorities

RECEIVED Mon., July 28, 2008

Dear Editor,
    The letter "Musicians Need To Be More Informed" [“Postmarks,” July 25] by Hank Startrain (who claims to be a "savvy, professional career [manager]") repeatedly accuses studio owners of ripping off musicians by taking their publishing rights. Let me clarify some basics here: Recording studios are "for hire" facilities that record music … they do not take musicians' publishing or royalties. If studio owners invest in a project, then they might get a percentage, but this is a rare event in professional studios … most of us are just trying to pay the bills. Perhaps you are confusing studio owners with record companies. Sadly, many record companies do have a long, sordid history of "stealing" artists' publishing and lying about sales and royalties. That is but one of the reasons major labels are failing.
    Mr. Startrain, your clueless complaint shows a level of ignorance and stupidity that should make any artist think twice before taking advice from you, much less signing a management contract. I can only imagine your instructors' disappointment at hearing a former student crow about his superior education while at the same time displaying a lack of understanding about the most basic concepts of the music industry. Hank, please read a book, intern for a real manager, or take another class and pay attention, but stop pretending to be an artist manager and get a life outside of music … this industry has more than enough idiots claiming to be authorities as it is.
Stuart Sullivan
Wire Recording
P.S. p.s. Insulting your potential clients is an odd sales pitch.
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