These days, the music business is sometimes more about the business than it is about the music. While record companies and music publishers still rely on hit songs falling from the lips of superstars to make their profits, the way they find their talent has changed a lot from the past.
There actually was a time that an artist, band or songwriter could send their demo tape in to a record company as “unsolicited” material – meaning that nobody from the record company had requested the material. It was somebody’s job to open the tapes and give them a spin with the hope they would find a winner.
As more and more people began making demos, the task of listening to unsolicited tapes became too formidable for the average label. The labels also became aware of the legal ramifications involved in listening to tapes that came in from the general public because of copyright infringement suits that often landed them in court.
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