I was just checking out some contest the Grammys are running called “Grammy Amplifier”. They’re doing it along with Hyundai as a sponsor.
While I at first thought this might be a cool opportunity to share some of my music, I soon found out about some interesting details in the “Official Rules”…
Uploading a Submission [song] constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsors a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes.
For those less-inclined to read “legalese”, the translation is “once you submit your original song to this contest, we get to use it whenever and however we want to market stuff and we’ll never have to pay you a dime”.
I guess even though the Grammys are supposed to support music, and even though Hyundai is a worldwide conglomerate with marketing budgets that dwarf the GDP of some smaller countries… it’s just too much to ask that either of them pay artist’s for their music.
Is it surprising? No… but it is disappointing.
Oh well… back to the studio for me… :-D