Further to yesterday’s account of the bogus agent who entraps young artists and stings them for money, here’s a more old-fashioned scam. It’s an obscure agency in the boondocks that chases down young musicians on facebook and promises them a smarter way to fame.
Forget the old method of building relationships between artists, presenters and audiences. It’s all about tele-marketing now, say these guys. Pay us $300+ a month and we’ll hit the phone and get you dates. Artists who make a tentative inquiry are then hassled for cash up front.
Here’s the deal:
At the end of each month you will have a report sent via email listing which presenters and performing arts organizations you have been presented to. We will design a press kit and include you on the (company) website plus add you to our weekly rotation in our email newsletter. (Additional advertising may be available.)As you know all too well, it takes lots of time to organize a concert season, to promote one self. By joining (our company), you will join a great management company which will work with you, for you, for your career. The cost of this premium service depends on the amount of marketing hours you would like. We have 3 different plans:$300/month= 8 hours of direct marketing
$400/month= 12 hours of direct marketing
$500/month= 16 hours of direct marketing
All of the above are per month and on a yearly contract basis.
For artists whose commissions exceed the yearly retainer we charge 20% of the gross engagement fee, so the artist pays either the retainer fee, either the commission.
Please understand that (our company) is unable to make any guarantees concerning engagements. (Our company) has been a leader in concert management for over 25 years and we believe direct marketing is very effective in helping concert soloists and conductors broaden their careers.
I have blocked both of these scammers from my site. If I hear that they continue trawling innocent talent on facebook, I will name them. What they are doing is not illegal, but it can damage young careers.