As Nigerian as we are, the prospective idea of blowing with a label blinds upcoming musicians’ eyes and can make you sometimes forget that you need to read and understand what it is you are actually signing.
Before you sign a contract, there are many things you should look out for, especially the red flags listed below. Watch out for them and keep them in mind.
Verbal agreements not reflected in the contract
Sometimes, circumstances may cause the things you discussed and agreed with the label representative to not reflect in your contract. That is one major thing artists need to look out for, that’s why reading a contract is necessary because once you sign, it’s going to require a lot of work and law-issues to rectify.
For example, if you are told you’ll be getting an advance of N200k, but the contract doesn’t show that, you shouldn’t expect the money if the label doesn’t want to revisit/review the contract.
Make sure everything said, every verbal agreement made is put into writing and in that contract. Make sure they don’t just talk the talk, everything agreed upon must be committed into writing before you put your signature on it.