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Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby Pitchfork » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:38 pm

As a composer with music used on some smaller Tv things, is it worth joining TAXI?

I always see the ads around, and they look a little too good to be true.. so wondered if anyone here is a member?

Do they take existing music and try and 'place' it in the US, or do they get you 'jobs' for programmes needing music?
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby Phil O » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:58 pm

Whilst I am sure they exist, I have never actually met anyone who has had success with TAXI.

Personally, I have a problem with a business model that involves 'experts' deciding what, if anything, will be passed on to the end user for consideration. If I am paying, I sure as hell want the relevant parties to hear it.

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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby * User requested deletion * » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:21 pm

"Worth Joining TAXI?"

No.
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby Evie McCreevie » Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:20 pm

Most scams take advantage of people's gullibility and/or greed, but Taxi preys on hopes, dreams and insecurities.

It's a despicable organisation. Avoid at all costs.
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby narcoman » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:37 pm

There are about two dozen companies I could insert into that sentence!! They make their money from your fee's ... metabolising dreams into donuts.
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:43 am

Sheena's Tea Hut wrote:"Worth Joining TAXI?"

No.

Agreed!

As soon as you give someone some money, you've just devalued yourself.

Get involved in situations where you are close to the action.
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby Pitchfork » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:20 am

narcoman wrote:There are about two dozen companies I could insert into that sentence!! They make their money from your fee's ... metabolising dreams into donuts.

I would love to know who these are, before I fall into the large hole covered with sticks and leaves!

A pm is fine!
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby ryan mead » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:43 am

TAXI has advertised in the pages of SOS. I'm just sayin'.
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby ryan mead » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:45 am

Pitchfork wrote:
narcoman wrote:There are about two dozen companies I could insert into that sentence!! They make their money from your fee's ... metabolising dreams into donuts.

I would love to know who these are, before I fall into the large hole covered with sticks and leaves!

A pm is fine!
I think a good rule of thumb is "anybody who asks you for money up-front".
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:48 pm

ryan mead wrote:
I think a good rule of thumb is "anybody who asks you for money up-front".

Beat me to it!
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby ryan mead » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:16 pm

No, you beat me, and narcoman beat both of us!

I remember the first time I was warned about what they called "song sharks" by reps of the performing rights society in Canada. It was probably 25 years ago!

Simple business model really: take demo and fee from artist, bin demo, pocket fee. Repeat.
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby tomafd » Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:27 pm

I'd go with the former, but with one caveat- if you're US, and you can write MOR country songs, or US TV friendly media music, you just make a few bucks, eventually, if you're lucky. In very rare cases (I do know of a couple) you can make a few dollars more than the money you've paid to Taxi. For everyone else- forget it. If you must try these kinds of people, then maybe- just- it's worth taking a look at Music Xray, who at least have the honesty of putting the names and companies of their 'opportunities' out there on the listings. Taxi, Broadjam, etc- seriously, how are we to know whether these things are on the level when you never know who the 'clients' are, or even if the 'gigs' actually exist ?
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby 4TrackMadman » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:17 am

Taxi and the likes are complete ripoff. Stay away.
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Re: Worth Joining TAXI?

Postby zenguitar » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:27 pm

Better off buying a taxi, you could at least make a living that way.

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