#1
hey, i got this myspace mesage today:


Chris Reed,

My name is Joe Ferioli. I am a Director of A&R for Illumina Records. Illumina is a Boston-based independent record label, entertainment public relations and marketing company.

Today while searching for bands and solo artists in your market, I came across your music online. I listened to your music, and I would like you to contact me directly because I liked what I heard. The song that caught my attention was “Baby Dry Your Eyes“.

It is important for you to know that each band I send this to, has been listened to by me before they are contacted. I just don’t have time to write every one of you a personal message.

I would like to discuss the possibility of you participating in a massive public relations campaign. The campaign associated with this project will literally expose your music to millions of potential new fans.

We are currently working on a Drunk Driving Prevention campaign called Ground Control Awareness. We are creating a series of publicity campaigns called “ROCKERS FOR LIFE”. In the next calendar year, Ground Control and Illumina Records will be producing large marketing and exposure projects in over 40 cities across the United States, and the musicians that are involved with this project will be getting loads of local and nationwide exposure and publicity.

Are you serious about your music career? If the answer is yes, please contact me. I will show you how to attract the type of national exposure that matters.

The campaign includes the following:

1-Your music will be sent out to over one hundred record labels.

2-An electronic press kit will be created that showcases your music and logo, as well as bio and contact information. It’ll be sent out to over 500 radio stations, newspapers, DJs, writers, and much more.

3-Your music will be released to over one hundred thousand new music fans in your market.

4-You will be featured on the cover of “CUSP” magazine.

5-Your music will be made available to new music fans on major online music retailers and your music will also appear on a national professional quality CD.

6. Last but not least, you will help change the world with your music. You will make a difference and utilize your talent to actually save the lives of people from your country, your state, and your hometown.


Please click on the following links to learn more.

http://preventdrunkdriving.org/rockers_info/bandscheckthisout

Do me a favor when you respond and call me rather than email. I receive hundreds of emails a day, which makes them difficult to respond to and easy to lose. Also, the twenty artist slots fill up pretty quickly, so if you are interested give me a call ASAP.

By the way, I deal with thousands of bands per month. The ones I like, I send them this email. While it is not a mass email, I will encourage you to not be alarmed when other bands receive it as well. We work on such a large scale with so many bands that I send out a lot of similar emails.

This is not, however, spam!

Be confident enough to believe the following:

If you are reading this email, I liked your music.

If you want to see what we do for our client acts, click on one of the links below, we are currently working with over 800 bands nationally.

www.myspace.com/orlando_rockers

http://illuminarecords.com/epk/boston

www.preventdrunkdriving.org/directcontact/epk.pdf

http://preventdrunkdriving.org/rockers_info/bandscheckthisout


so is this a scam, or should i go for it?
Too cool for a signature.
#2
Call them up and make sure you get to keep your rights of your own music, and make sure you dont have to pay a dime. Then and only then it's not a scam.
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#3
If they don't ask for money, it might be real.
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#4
it does seem a bit too good to be true. its the second type thing i've recieved lol
Too cool for a signature.
#5
Reading it makes it seem fake. If it was a record company, the Director wouldnt e-mail; it would be a Secretary, or even someone whos job it is to do things like that.

Also, it sounds suspiciously like whoever sent it is trying to cover their tracks.
#6
Quote by anti
If it's an independent record company, that wouldn't be the case.

Still, for an indy label, they claim to have dealt with over 800 bands...
#7
well they sent me lots of contact info, i just didn't share it with you... as far as the whole" covering their tracks" thing. i'll ask my legal advisor(ie my dad)
Too cool for a signature.
#8
What's the big deal? Just go for it. If he asks for money, then start worrying. Also, it'd be in your best interest if you work out exactly what happens to your song rights when they're featured on any CD.
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#10
Quote by chrisatgrace
well, nobody wants to get ripped off or used.


Speak for yourself! I'm well up for being used, as long as I get paid
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#11
i tried googling the name Illumina Records Boston, and came up with a few list.

in one of the list, apparantly, the director's name changed from what you mentioned, to Mike O’Brien.

You decide whether it's scam or not.
#13
Yea, we got the same type of letter. They are asking the bands to front $600 to know the band is serious, and then they send you 50 of the complilation cds for the band to sell for whatever they like (50 sold at the quoted $12 retail will make all 600 back). The contract they sent us stated several things including the 50 cds thing, submission to records labels, internet promotion etc, along with specificly being able to keep the rights to our songs and illumina has no further use of the songs after this event/promotion thing. We are halfway in ($300 deposit to reserve our spot, other $300 due the 18th) and are debating the legitimacy of the campaign and whether we are going to pull out or not. However at only $60 more per band member for the 2nd payment it doesn't seem like much, even if we can resell the cds and make our money back. There is a blog link with the band Zang and the replies of multiple A&R reps to the blog. here is the link - http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=58392516&blogID=169973637&MyToken=9c537eef-45d3-4eac-861a-1c14d27daaf3


Part of me says scam, part of me says legit. Illumina's website does have media quotes, (none of which I have taken the time to investigate yet) and they have only been around since 2005. Things have been said about thier profit margin, but I can only imagine what it costs to put on the type of thing they are doing. Decide for yourself, we still are....
#18
On the "artists", it would surely link to every single band's myspace.

I'd give it a miss, your stuff is very good, and if you keep at it, you should get some more viable offers before long.
#19
Well, you also have to remember that it was a fad for every 13 - 14 year old kid (no offense) to start their own record label... I would defiantly call them. If the Joe guy sounds like a pubescent 13 year old... You know... lol
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#21
I thought the title said "porno deal for me"

Edit: damn you, guy above me , you beat me to it
#22
Didn't one read it that way, haha. Get your mind out of the gutter! haha
Why are we so wicked indecisive
Let's hit the streets with toy explosives
And let's enjoy what we have