We all know that pop music is a really collegial field where artists, songwriters, producers and other creative souls all co-exist peacefully and treat each other with respect, right? Right. That’s why we were surprised to learn that Bravo — the TV network currently riding high on catty catnip like The Real Housewives Of New York City — is casting for a reality competition centering on pop songwriting. Ryan Tedder approves, so you know that nothing bad will happen. Could this show actually work? Watch the star-studded casting video below.
The show will be co-produced by the music publishing company The Writing Camp, which is run by writers and producers including Evan “Kidd” Bogart (who is credited as a writer on Adam Lambert’s “Broken Open”, Beyonce’s “Halo” – ahem), David Quinones and Erika Nuri.
You can apply at Hitmakerscaasting.com. But before you do, read the rules carefully — especially the section that reads:
Without in any way limiting the foregoing, if I perform or include any music (other than music supplied to me by Producer) in connection with my application or the Program, I represent and warrant that I own all rights to such music, including original musical compositions, and I grant Producer the right to record, reproduce and publicly perform any such music in and in connection with the Program or any other program. Without in any way limiting the waivers and releases set forth herein, I waive any claims to royalties of any kind, whether accruing now or in the future, from Producer and Network for the use of any such music, including, without limitation, any applicable copyright, public performance, mechanical and synchronization royalties. I grant the rights hereunder whether or not I am selected to participate in the Program in any manner whatsoever.
Does Hitmakers sound like a TV hit? Or like just another music-based reality show destined for the scrap heap?