My first contact regarding a musical contract with Mr. Harry T. Keane Jr. was after ordering pizza and his brother Vinny delivered the pizza to my door. Vinny called himself Cousin Vinny to break the ice with us (my friends and I). He called Harry T. Keane Jr. on one of my friends cell phone while I sang a new song of mine. I was quite excited. Harry told Vinny to tell us to have my manager call him the next day to schedule a meeting.
Harry called my manager the next day "accidentily" and scheduled the meeting for the following day. We met at Dennys, I gave him my demo CD and he said he was on his way to NY to meet with his staff and would let me know how things went if I was excepted or not. I waited a week. He emailed me and said I was excepted and offered me a contract. He said that they would cover $17,000.00 of the cost but I had to come up with $3000.00 to cover cost of producing and as a "hold" to keep me from "running". As if the contract wasn't good enough.
We waited a few days as we were consulting a lawyer. Harry Keane informed us that if we did not except the offer in 48 hours I would not be concidered for the label. We waited as long as we could and the last day we did not hear from our lawyer friend to consult us. Mr. Keane was quite strick on the deadline and would not give us an option to wait any longer.
We met at StarBucks and talked over the contract. We accepted and he would except a "deposit" of $500.00 for the $3000.00. He would not take check or credit card and only would take cash so we went to the bank to deduct 500.00 and hand it over to him. Harry did sign the receipt. I did make an amendment in the contract that he would talk only to my manager FIRST in any business matters no matter what he excepted and signed it.
Two hours later the lawyer called and told us that the contract was nothing that he had ever seen in his entire career as a musicians lawyer and stongly asked us not to go through with it. We were also informed that the artist is always given an advancement ALWAYS and it is highly irregular for any music label to ever demand any monies up front. Why would a label front 17000.00 and demand 3000.00?
Does not make sense. We were quite distraught, but waited to see if perhaps we could give him the benefit of the doubt. Afterwards Mr. Keane constantly broke his agreement in calling me first and hardly if ever called my manager. In the stories leading up to our exceptance of the contract, Mr. Keane encouraged me with statements that his contract was a standard BMI contract and that his brother in law was the CEO of MCA records.
I later called BMI to ask if they had ever heard of Harry T. Keane Jr. and if his contract was a standard contract. They informed me that they had never heard of Harry T. Keane Jr. and that they have no such thing as a contract. They are only a musicians society! As for MCA records, I called Universal Studios, which was the capital of MCA records of time past and it no longer exists. I did call the associates of MCA and they would not give me any information as to who the president was and after checking the website to it... it was not even up.
Mr. Keane later emailed me and informed me that he was suing me for 18,500.00 for the cost that he had aquired! I was not even a week into the contract! I later was so scared that I did not even come out to my house for nearly a week! I signed a fraugulent Contract and even that was broken when Mr. Keane defauded our agreement in contacting my manager first in any business matters. My dreams were toyed with and broken. I should be sueing HIM!
Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Dallas, Texas