FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION #1:
You may have heard that Grow Music Artists get to have their best song produced over a few days completely for free, with absolutely no strings attached, in a world-class studio and with the help of a veteran music producer and songwriter. And there's only one question on your mind... Ok, so what's the catch?
Ready? There isn't one. We are not going to take any publishing, or assign any producer points, or ask the artists to sign recording/label/production contracts, or assign any monetary responsibility of any kind to the artists/bands that are invited to participate in this project. The only agreement that a Grow Music Artist will be required to sign is one that spells out the rules of working in our studio, and protects everyone involved [i.e., that your drummer won't sue us when he trips over his own snare drum while in our studio.] The only other requirement is that you'll agree to let us show you and your song off on the Grow Music Project website, allow us to tell anyone and everyone we can how great we think you are, allow us to give people links to your own website and point them to places where you will be able to sell and exploit the song that you recorded here [and anything else that's yours] in whatever manner you wish, without owing us a dime. Ever.
At this point, we usually get a lot of blank disbelieving stares.
"Ok... so why on earth would you be doing this?"
Here's the simple answer. This is about us "Paying it Forward."
When we got our start in the music business, some very nice people did something similar for us, and we think it's our turn to do something cool. Something fun. Something that builds a little positive energy in a business that can sometimes be a little lacking for it. Something that builds an actual community based around great music, one that creates ongoing connections and opportunities for it's members, and not one that you have to ultimately pay a dollar here or there to be a part of. And something that's more about the love of discovering great new artists and songs, and less about making money from them.
We could go on and on about our feelings about the current state of the music business, the monumental challenges that indie [and even successful] artists face at every turn these days... but we'd rather spend that time making, recording and supporting some great new music. So, really, as an artist your risks here are zero. It's free to submit, and it'll take less time to fill out the submission form and provide some links to your songs than it did to read all of this so far.
So, believe that good people and lucky opportunities do actually exist in the music business... Believe in yourself and your talent... submit now and help us discover you!