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