Fake Music Agency: How It Works
(with video below) Did you always dream of becoming a famous singer? Are you aware that you have talent but just can't break through? You can do auditions for agencies and hope one of them believes in you and give you the opportunity to make a demo. But you really need to watch out for scammers.
Similar to the Talent Agency scam, this one is pulled by crooks who rent an office that they furnish, for a very limited time. They put up advertising and pictures of artists who became successful thanks to their agency. How does the scam work exactly?
Watch the video below to see in action a perfectly pulled Music Agency Scam:
But let's take a look. When you're in the office for your audition, a fake artist (another scammer) 'represented' by the agency pays a visit to pick up her demo.
The artist is very happy of the good cooperation with the agency and recommends them to you. This is trick number one to convince you that they are real. As the successful artist leaves, the agent picks up the conversation about you and your talent.
He brings in trick number two to convince you. He explains that there is a very important person in the music industry coming to listen to the audition. It comes down to convincing him of your talent in order to get a contract. If he likes you, it must mean that you are talented.
You do your audition and of course they like you, the music big shot leaves the room and let the auditor do the rest of his work, after he tells him he really likes your performance. The third act of persuasion is to say they really believe in you and are willing to invest 2/3th of the money themselves.
They are prepared for questions and answer them smoothly. The contract is on the table, you just need to sign and pay an advance fee it in order to get started with the demo that will make you successful. The pressure of missing out of this great opportunity makes the people to sign the worthless contract.
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I hate UMG for other reasons. They solicited my work for five months and lied more than five times in over 70 emails of correspondence. They lied about using my work, wanting more, having me snail mail my demo and bio so that they could compare them to my digital material. They lied about sending me a package, they said it was not registered and hopefully I will receive it on Monday.
It appears, that upon my bio revealing my country, they became rude, very vague and then stopped communication altogether. I will share these everywhere. These bastards are like rapists with AIDS since they wasted five months of my life. I hate UMG. I passed up on opportunities for that bullshit. There should be hellfire especially for UMG.
Universal Music Group, Germany only responds if they are going to make use of you and your demo. Here is that promise as copied directly from their submissions guidelines page.
‘All material will be screened and in case of interest you will be contacted within 2 months. Should you not receive a response during this time, you may assume that your project unfortunately does not meet our current planning needs.’
This is their original email soliciting my work.
Ihre Anfrage: ***SPAM***
Deutsche Grammophon 10/10/16 at 1:11 PM
UNIVERSAL MUSIC SUPPORT
##- Please type your reply above this line -##
Charis (Universal Music Germany)
Oct 10, 19:11 CEST
Dear Mr. Ali,
Thank you very much for your e-mail and your interest in Deutsche Grammophon!
Please send the demo CD & biography to my colleague Theresa Moog,
The address is:
Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further inquiries.
With best wishes,
Deutsche Grammophon Customer Service Team
When inquiries are e-mailed to us, we store the question and the e-mail address information so that we can respond electronically. Any information submitted may be used by Deutsche Grammophon and the affiliated companies of the Universal Music Group (UMG), and may be shared with our promotional partners. We do not sell or lease any personal information or e-mail address lists to a third party.
Deutsche Grammophon GmbH – Stralauer Allee 1 – D-10245 Berlin
Sitz / Registered Office: Berlin, Amtsgericht Charlottenburg HRB 138012 B
Geschäftsführung / Board: Dr. Clemens Trautmann, Frank Briegmann
Oct 10, 14:16 CEST
Diese E-Mail wurde versendet von: Universal Music GmbH | Geschäftsführer: Frank Briegmann
USt-Ident.Nr.: DE198690616 | HRB: 85604 | Registergericht: Amtsgericht Charlottenburg
Postadresse: Universal Music GmbH | Stralauer Allee 1 | 10245 Berlin
Telefon: +49-30-52007-01 | E-Mail:email@example.com
Well they screwed me, They are processing my songs till 3050, I believe? I submitted my songs in 2012. Guaranteed, my song had high potential. Since I dealt with the top man of Universal, no one really knew him.They used to be demoexxpress.com. After numerous complaints, thet dissapear, to reappear under the demoprocessing.com cover. They are false, fraud. And their leader, gives himself out as A&R for Sony, under the fake name david sanders. Previous, Exec. VP, A&R Universal Records, NY. But runs this scam under an umbrella of fake photo shopped pictures of major labels. They seek victims, through Reverbnation, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and who knows! I had ’em back on my http://reverbnation.com/aquablauw9, and i caught him. Please, don’t let no one get involved with this group. It is a rip off scheme party! Using a service to hide them, is trouble. No phone, no Names, no veriviable track record, But use Paypal, better then Western Union to rip people off. Contact met at firstname.lastname@example.org or google me under aquablauw. I am total legit!