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I have a single song that a company is offering to market and

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I have a single song that a company is offering to market and distribute in the U.K. The representative says it will cost them £40,000 for a 3 month campaign and they would need me to make a "contribution". Is it standard practise for an artist to have to pay money up front? I am an unsigned musician.
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The answer is no. This is not standard practice. I am not stating that this individual is a scammer, but their request is highly suspect. Most promoters/managers work off commission for their artists both in the US and UK, meaning they make a percentage of whatever the artist earns.

Asking for money up front unusual and not standard at all.

I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.

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