Some record labels to beware of

Some record labels to beware of


norman lebrecht

November 12, 2020

VAN magazine has published an exposé of some all too familiar practices by so-called competitions and their associated labels.


The New York-based coloratura soprano Sarah Heilman applied this year. “This competition seemed like one where I may have been able to be a contender, even though I am still in the early process of ‘making it’ as a professional,” she said. She paid her $95 entry fee, sent in her videos, and won a First Grand Award in the Virtuoso category. But she was unable to attend the winners’ concert in the Musikverein due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and was therefore told that she would forfeit her $1,200 prize. In the end, all Heilman got was a certificate sent via email.

Read on here.