Collecting your money is a big "MUST" if you are to survive Nashville music business. If you get paid for playing, producing, managing, and/or promoting, collecting payment is crucial to your operation. And yet, perhaps you've made it an afterthought.
Here are the types of scenarios we are seeing as an agency when asked to review client agreements. Agreements such as the one that follows feel like gigantic turn-offs that manifest themselves before an agreement is even finalized.
Step 1: Review agreement that basically says if you are accepted for mentorship, we are going to charge you the full amount (unspecified in agreement) and you are responsible to pay it, no matter what.
Step 2: Apply for mentorship and put down a $500 refundable deposit.
At this point, if I am her potential mentee client, I have checked out already and would never pay a $500 deposit, whether it is refundable or not. The agreement comes at the wrong part of the process, and the wording overly harsh. There is no way that it would prompt the prospective client to sign on.
Agreements are in place in the industry not just for your protection, but for the protection of the relationship that they represent. How your agreements are presented, when they are presented, and what they say are of critical importance to your relationship with your clientele.
So now, the process is:
Step 1: $500 refundable deposit to get an interview. If approved during the interview, review the agreement together and solidify the relationship, being sure to point out the places that the agreement protects mentee, not just mentor. If not, refund $500.
Step 2: Sign agreement that is a true Win - Win agreement. Begin long-lasting relationship.
This process will enhance sales, ensure that the right people enrol in the program (those who will be most successful with the mentorship) and also create raving fans.
The language of your agreements and the way you present your agreements are critical pieces not only in the process of receiving pay, but also in building a lasting business.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 14 years of experience in music production, mix and mastering, recording engineering, live sound designing/engineering, lyrics writing and music arrangement. He has produced more than 800 and written more than 2000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.