Adult Mom is accusing her indie record label Tiny Engines not only not paying her but also using revenue from her releases to fund other artists at the label.
In a long series tweets, Adult Mom — whose real name is Stevie Knipe — says that Tiny Engines is neither providing her money nor royalty statements in a timely fashion. She further says that the company is trying to take control over her master recordings and indicated that her “work was not in safe or responsible hands.”
She went on to say that, because this and a lack progress in terms negotiations, she filed a breach contract notice with the label, which specified that their agreement was now voided. Though she added that the label has not responded to this notice, in spite the notice’s 30-day deadline, which has already expired.
According to Adult Mom, she signed a two-record album deal with Tiny Engines in 2015. This lead to that year’s Momentary Lapse Of Happily release and 2017’s St Spots. The contract specified that she would receive royalty statements twice a year along with associated payments, but she insists that — from the beginning the contract until May 2018 — she neither received statements nor payments.
Knipe says that, only because pressure from her manager, was she finally able to get a royalty statement. But it took them more than 6 months to pay her what they owed her, which was close to $8,000.
In addition to trying to break her contract, Adult Mom has also taken legal steps to get the label to return her master recordings. She said, though, that the label is ignoring these demands and that the company’s co-owner Chuck Daley “laughed in my face after I asked for my masters back.”
It is being reported that a number other artists are having similar problems with Tiny Engines, which so far has not commented on the accusations.