Don’t audition for The Voice!

Don’t audition for The Voice if you want any kind of career in music or control over your songs.

Read this article

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2012/mar/15/behind-music-voice-contracts

But here is the frightening gist

Apparently in the contact, Universal not only wants “50% of the revenue from all contestants’ record sales but also a share of any revenue from record deals the contestants may have had before entering the contest, and 50% of the publishing (songwriter royalties) of any song they’d record.”

“But earnings from their recordings was not all the contestants had to sign away. The 27-page contract was a so-called 360 deal, entitling the label to a 20% cut of the gross of all other revenue associated with the artist, including merchandise, biographies and performance income. It’s worth considering that music managers get 20% of revenue (The Voice contracts stipulate that Universal would also manage the artist, which, surely, is a conflict of interest), and that the contract had to be signed by all contestants, no matter if they’d end up with the coveted Universal record deal or not – though the deal is option-based and the label can choose to not pick up the option.”

So does this mean if after you’ve appeared on The Voice and are busking in the subway, that representatives from The Voice could come by and take $4 out of the twenty you’ve made so far?

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Why I hate my day job

Because it isn’t what I want to do. But I have to eat.

Recently, I read my company’s employee manual. Wow was that disturbing. I should have read it earlier but they didn’t exactly announce its presence, I had to dig around on the company’s internal server for it.

The most disturbing thing was a section about outside jobs. Basically as an assistant you’re not supposed to have an outside job or moonlight as anything else but if you do, you have to get approval from the company so the management can determine if it’s a conflict of interest. I remember the manual stating that all your time should be dedicated to the company. I’ll find the quote and post here next week.

I find this disturbing on many levels –

A) it’s fascist
B) I’m not your slave, you don’t own me in my off hours or even on the job.
C) why do you think I’m an assistant in the first place? So I can have time to do what I want after 5:30 pm.
D) like the company is some admirable cause, charity or non-profit! Like the whole purpose / mission of the company isn’t for lining the pockets of its partners. They don’t care about you so why are you going to care about them. The bottom line is about money. So when they let go of good integral people to increase their bonuses, it’s ok because that’s what corporate America is all about. But when you dare to dream or have a life outside of the company you are doing something duplicitous.

I’m typing this on the go so hopefully it’s somewhat lucid.

Another reason why I hate my day is I could work every second of the day and still be swamped. I would never get a break if I didn’t take them. Shocking, right? Terrible work ethic? Well…it’s hard to have a good one when other assistants are watching full episodes of Game of Thrones, reading their kindles or playing Candy Crush for hours. And because I don’t want to be here. Except my job is my paycheck but don’t expect me to bathe in the Kool Aid.

PS 8/4/2015: Here is the actual text from our employee manual– [bolds are mine]

While it is expected that Administrative Assistants and support staff will devote all working hours to Firm business, it is recognized that circumstances might arise which would prompt you to seek temporary part-time employment elsewhere.

Any member of the Administrative Assistant and other support staff who may wish to undertake employment, conduct business, or pursue a career outside the Firm must discuss the circumstances of such employment, business or career pursuit with, and obtain the written authorization to proceed of, the Director of Human Resources and Operations, who may consult with the Operations Committee under certain circumstances.

If you accept work outside the Firm from time to time, authorization must be obtained each such time. If you are authorized to accept employment in a field in which conflict of interest or questions of confidentiality might arise, you will be required to report from time to time on the specific nature of your work to ensure that the interests of the Firm and its clients are fully safeguarded.

I mean it’s pretty open ended, right? Or am I imagining things? I mean they could use this wording to include any artistic endeavors you have outside working hours. But what about the people at my workplace that watch game of thrones and play candy crush at work, does that count as an outside career?

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