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Nashville Demo Studio
- Disappears with Money and Music
(May 03, 2013- Nashville, Tennessee) – BBB warns singers and songwriters of the disreputable practices of Jimi Lyn Whitelaw, owner/operator of Nashville Demo Studio.
Over the past several months, BBB has received numerous customer complaints that are of a serious nature from consumers who collectively paid over $27,000 to Nashville Demo Studio for singer/songwriter services. Specifically, customers paid for studio services that were to provide song demo recording, promotion and critique services; however, after receiving its clients’ payments, Ms. Whitelaw failed to honor contractual agreements. Complaints also allege the company failed to respond to phone call or email requests, refused to provide refunds for services not rendered, and has disappeared with its customer’s money and music.
One consumer stated, “They do not respond to emails or phone anymore. They have stolen my money and I received no service, and they do not get back to me.”
Another stated, “Songwriters such as myself, from many countries, rely on studios like these to have our work recorded by professionals.”
“Nashville, Tennessee is known as Music City USA, and BBB Middle Tennessee receives hundreds of inquiries every month from consumers looking to promote themselves as singer/song writers” said Kathleen Calligan, BBB President and CEO. “Unfortunately, scam artists have, for many years, taken advantage of this prestigious reputation by taking aspiring singer/songwriter’s hard-earned money and failing to render the promised service.
If you have had an unsatisfactory experience with Nashville Demo Studio or Jimi Lyn Whitelaw please contact Tim Sneed at 615-250-4223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBB offers the following general advice to avoid becoming a victim of a music business scam:
- NO COMPANY CAN GUARANTEE YOUR SUCCESS. You should recognize that your talents, no matter how outstanding, may have little or no commercial potential and you should expect nothing more than self-satisfaction from the experience.
- Use caution when entering into any agreements in the music industry. Ideally, a licensed attorney with knowledge of and experience in the field of entertainment law should review any contracts and advise you about the terms of the agreement before you sign any documents. At a minimum, carefully read all documents for specific details of services to be performed by both you and the contracting business (or individual).
- Be especially cautious of agreements that require you to pay advance fees to the contracting business for services that will not necessarily result in a tangible return.
- Be aware that many contracts will bind you for several years, making it virtually impossible to get out of the deal in order to pursue a better opportunity. Although many businesses may fulfill the terms of the contract, their efforts on behalf of the artist, musician or songwriter to produce a commercially profitable product may not necessarily be successful.
- Ask around. Get referrals from friends and business organizations and check out the company’s BBB Business Review at www.GoBBB.org
- Look for credentials. Find out if the company is affiliated with any professional organizations or licensing agencies and check their status.
Consumers can obtain additional advice by contacting the music industry trade associations listed below:
Start your search for music studios, producers, and publishers With Trust by visiting BBB’s accredited business directory http://www.bbb.org/nashville/accredited-business-directory
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