PAYING TO BE A STAR?

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When I think of entertainers performing at concerts never did I imagine that ‘some’ performers would have to pay for that spot.

Apparently, I was very wrong.

It appears in some venues those who are desperate to get on stage can actually pay to be heard.

I received a press release showing the price range to perform at a local event in Houston.

It blew me away that someone would pay to share their talents but we live in a different age now.

What do you think?

Press Release:

HYBRID MARKETING & MEDIA PRESENTS:

2012 FORD NEXT 2 BLOW STAGE AT THE 30th ANNUAL KBXX 97.9 THE BOX LOS MAGNIFICOS CUSTOM CAR SHOW AND CONCERT —- PERFORMANCE & SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES —-

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE A: [$1000] ($1250 AFTER 10/31/12) 2 Entry Tickets to the event 7 Minute performance slot Perform during PRIMETIME *2PM-6PM* 1 item in give-away bags Name listed on Final Advertisement Flyer

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE B: [$1500] ($1875 AFTER 10/31/12) 4 Entry Tickets to the event 10 Minute Performance Slot Perform during PRIMETIME *2PM-6PM* 2 items in give-away bags Name & Likeness (PICTURE or LOGO) included on Final Advertisement Flyer Name included on official event t-shirts 1 Song Included on Next2Blow Mixtape Performance clip will be included in final event photo and video recap. **This package will be given second priority when/if any further amenities become available.

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE C: [$2000] ($2500 AFTER 10/31/12) THE MUSIC LABEL PACKAGE: (Optimal for music labels or management companies with several artists to showcase) 8 Entry Tickets to the event 20 Minute Performance Slot (Can be used at once, or broken into 2-3 different time slots) Perform during PRIMETIME *2PM-6PM* 2-3 Items in give-away bags (more can be arranged if needed) Name & Likeness (PICTURE or LOGO) included on Final Advertisement Flyers & Posters Name (possibly likeness) included on official event t-shirts. Name included on final radio advertisements, any other forms of advertisement (i.e. video commercials) 2 Songs Included on Next2Blow Mixtape (more can be arranged if needed) Performance(s) clip(s) will be included in final event photo and video recap. **This package will be given first priority when/if any further amenities become available.

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE D: [$750] ($950 AFTER 10/31/12) THE “JUST GET ME ON THE STAGE!” PACKAGE: 2 Entry Tickets to the event 5 Minute performance slot Perform Between 12PM-2PM 1 item in give-away bags Name listed on Final Advertisement Flyer

Update: Apparently, the organizer is upset about the posting of this release I received via email.  This comes after it was sent to me as a member of the news media.  The organizer denies it was a press release.  In the meantime, I was sent a string of tweets explaining the purpose of these performance packages as shown below.

Kelly: Really Isiah??? Did you even try to ask questions before posting this article? You know me personally!! I’m an open book!

Kelly: That stage costs 15k+ to even put on. the door isn’t ours. The only way that stage happens is through sponsorships/packages.

Kelly: So guess what? We put our necks on the line, put in hard work to provide the opp. & STILL every year we come out in the red.

Kelly: But the way we do it .. artists can get a huge look (for ones that participate usually the biggest they’ve ever had)…

Kelly: for a FRACTION of the cost of what it would take for them to do it on their own.

Kelly: The only way the stage even happens is through packages and sponsorship. & we STILL make up the diff every year

Kelly: That wasn’t a press release. I am Hybrid Marketing &Media.. the phone number was part of that sheet. Not that hard to research

3 Comments

  1. Lucas Jackson November 5, 2012 9:32 am 

    There really is a sucker born every minute I guess…

  2. Joe-Yo November 5, 2012 12:06 pm 

    paying to perform?…where is the art in that…this is wack…

  3. Johnny C. Lately November 5, 2012 1:28 pm 

    This is the same stuff independent artists have been battling for years. First it was payola, now it’s pay-show-la.

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