I got ripped off
I am almost embarrassed posting this, but I do need a piece of advice. I know most of you guys are not in the jingles business. I hope you could point me to some sources of information on music business anyway. Please, bear with me. I'll try to make it short.
Some time ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a guy who does voiceovers in Spanish for commercials on radio and TV. He asked me to write some jingles, mainly for local companies he was doing business with. A couple of my jingles were sold and played on a hispanic radio in Chicago. I got paid on time and everybody was happy. We never set up a contract or anything because our agreement was based on trust.
The last jingle I produced for him was aired in November. Since then, I've been trying to get paid with no success. At first, he gave me different excuses for the delay, but now he doesn't even return my calls. I feel both depressed and stupid because I have no contract to enforce. I just learned the lesson the hard way.
I don't know what to do about it or where to get help from. I am not a full-time musician. I need to get familiar with the legal stuff so in the future this does not happen to me again. I would appreciate any advice.