Starving musicians are not referred to as “starving” for no good reason. The above though is really a simple long of the short version of this scam and the best I can to putting things in Layman’s terms without getting people reading this lost. I am quite glad though that I never used the Orchard for any type of digital distribution. I do recall many conversations from former management and record label of KAOS and Ulysses Siren about “how” I should use the Orchard for digital distribution instead of CD Baby and or Unable Music Group, when I was seeing clearly that CD Baby was getting music from bands signed to Malevolence Records to more digital platforms than the Orchard, thankfully! Unable Music Group as mentioned has only digitally distributed one release from Malevolence Records and this release has never been uploaded to YouTube from them, thankfully! Does all this mean I do not have to be concerned that the Orchard will not take something that was released on Malevolence Records in the future and pull the same scam as they have with Anger As Art? Of course not! It does concern and worry me for the simple fact there is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears poured into this kind of work that Malevolence Records and its artists, as well as other record labels and their artists pour into this industry. And for what? Some asshole company like the Orchard to scam us out of who knows how much money? So yes, I do check YouTube extensively to see if the Orchard has taken any material released on Malevolence Records and uploaded any of it thru this “scam” of theirs. With BMI or Broadcast Music, Inc. and their scam I honestly would strongly recommend the reader/viewer here to listen to a recent audio interview with Steve Gaines of Anger As Art on Stevil’s Podsmash: https://soundcloud.com/stevilspodsmash/episode-26-steve-gaines-anger-as-art. I don’t believe I can break down this scam with BMI as simple as I did with the Orchard. This interview may be almost an hour and a half long, but is extremely informative regarding the bullshit with the Orchard as well with BMI. People just may learn something here and hopefully they do?
Do the bands still receive advance payments? What percentage should this be at all in your estimation?
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