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Complaint Review: A&R SELECT

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  • Submitted: Wed, May 11, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, November 23, 2011

  • Reported By: Sound Drive — Brooklyn New York United States of America
A&R SELECT
8286 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, California United States of America

A&R SELECT Boutique Media, A&R Select and Le Bardot KEEP VERY FAR AWAY FROM THES RIP OFF ARTISTS A&R Select West Hollywood, California

*Consumer Comment: BAcking Up this Claim A&R SELECT IS A SCAM

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To Anyone who may be solicited by A&R Select beware! They will promise alot of things.. but they will do absolutely nothing but take your money.. they say they will get you up and running with your project within 5 weeks but after 4 month absolutely nothing was done.. they rarely return emails and they might pick up the phone 1 in 10 times. If you want to throw your hard earned money in the toilet at least you will get to see it dissapear. Do NOT, I repreat DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY.. they tell you everything you want to hear but after you agree and give them your credit card info they send paperwork that basically states that they have your money and you cannot dispute it..

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/11/2011 01:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AR-SELECT/West-Hollywood-California-90046/AR-SELECT-Boutique-Media-AR-Select-and-Le-Bardot-KEEP-VERY-FAR-AWAY-FROM-THES-RIP-OFF-A-728116. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

BAcking Up this Claim A&R SELECT IS A SCAM

AUTHOR: Pissed_off_royal - (United States of America)

TOTALL SCAM THIS IS ALL YOU GET FROM THEM SOME BULL S*** EMAIL WITH THIS CRAP AND LINKS TO FREE SITES YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR YOUR SELF. JOE CONTE DOESNT EVEN EXIST> I WORK AS A COLLECTOR AND SKIP TRACED HIM USING ALL THE PROVIDED INFORMATION AND I GAURENTEE YOU THERE IS NO ONE WHO GOES BY THAT NAME LESS THAN 60 years OLD In the STATE OF CALIFIONIA> ALSO THERE ARE MANY FILES ON RECORD WITH THE DA OF CALIFIONIA AGAINST THIS COMAPNY ALSO THE BBB SAYS THAT THIS COMPANY IS NOT LEGIT DO YOU WORK> I RECOMMEND You SIGN UP FOR THE ARSELCT NAD RECIECE ALL THIER NEWS LETTERS FOR FREE AS YOU WILL GET THEM REGARLESS TO IF YOU PAY OR NOT> THIS COMPANY IS A SCAM!!!!!!!


joe@arselect.com
Member Services Dept.
A&R Select
8286 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-924-5897 main
www.arselect.com

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Bio Questionnaire- Please Fill This Out and Return Via Email!

From: Member Services <members@arselect.com>Add to Contacts

To: Press release/Bio info sheet (please fill out and return!)

Press Release/Bio Info Sheet


Dear artist,

Our publicity department will write you a professional press release based on your responses to the form provided below. You can then use this bio for all of your promotional purposes.. ie. bio, website, MySpace, etc. We know that you will benefit from having a professionally written content and are happy to be an integral part of your future success!

What is a Press Release?

In the music business, the press release (or news release) is a common tool used to bring an artist or business "free" publicity. Basically, a press release is a simple, neat-looking sheet that provides news to reporters, editors, and other media people. Any publication you get from your press release will be free, so it's easy to see why writing a good press release is a valuable skill.

When To Use A Press Release?

You can use a release to notify the media about any sort of happening - such as a new single, EP or CD release, special gig, or label signing. The key thing to remember is, this is supposed to be "news", so your press release needs to be "newsworthy".


We will provide you with a press release with any gold or platinum membership. We only require that you fill out the form below so that we can write your press release accurately and effectively.


THEN: FILL OUT AND SEND BACK TO US AT: bio@arselect.com once completed ?

NOTE: You can "tweek" this press release to taste. We understand you may want to change s few things and that's OK! We want you to love your press release and we are merely a laying the groundwork for you to finalize it however you please!


Press Release Questions:

1. Brief history of band?

2. What's the name of your new single?

3. Album title?

4. Significance of the single's name?

5. Particular theme of the song?

6. Album out yet? If not, when?

7. How does this single reflect the rest of the album?

8. Why was this the song you chose as the single to represent the album?

9. What in the song is typical of your music?

10. What is unique?

11. Digital or physical release?

12. What albums before?

13. How has this evolved your sound?

14. Awards or Acclaims so far.. IE. (big gigs,licenses, opened for such and such etc)

15. Upcoming gig plans ,. Touring?

16. Outro message?

17. Anything you really want to add to your bio?

18. Website address -(band web site, MySpace, Pure Volume text to buy keyword etc.)

If you are working with A&R Select mainly for licensing purposes, Please feel free to mention that in your answers and our publicity dept will cater a Bio that is focused in that area.

Thanks!

The A&R Select
Publicity Department
Member Services Dept.
A&R Select
8286 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-924-5897 main
www.arselect.com

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FAQ for your PromoFM Page!

From: Member Services <members@arselect.com>Add to Contacts

To: SETTING UP YOURE A&R STORE PAGE

Here are directions on how to get your artist page up, as well as some updates, tips, and networking strategies for your Promo FM artist store front.

First off, your mp3 player and audio page holds up to 15 songs, enabling you to sell or stream more songs. There is also a video section you can upload your videos if you have any.

UPLOADING MP3s FOR SALE

When you log in to your store, you have a menu on the left hand side of the page. To upload your tracks properly, go to "create song". On the upload page you have the option to upload your mp3 as a "hi-fi" file, which you want to do. When you upload as a "hi-fi" file, you can set it for "streaming and downloading", or "streaming only". If you are selling the mp3's, make sure you set the "hi-fi" file for "streaming only". Otherwise, people can download it without having to pay for it.

Next, you have to upload the mp3 again, as a "New Vault" file. This is where people actually purchase your mp3's from. When you upload as a "digital store" file, make sure you set the price for ".99" (no $ symbols). Make sure to also enter a description for the song. Usually, the name of the song, then "mp3" after it works fine. So to sell your songs, make sure your uploading each track twice. Once as a "hi-fi" file, and once as a "New Vault" file.

PAYPAL

If you dont already have a paypal account set up, then you need to do that. This is how you get pad for your mp3 sales. Go to www.paypal.com and set up a micro or casual account. You just go in and sign up. When you click on sign up, youll see three options to choose from. You want to choose premier. This was you can buy and sell.

When you join paypal, you create what they call a payout email. Once you have your paypal all set up and you have your pay out email ready, log into your artist store and go to the top of the menu on the left where it says modify artist. In that section you will see a slot to enter your pay out email address. Once youve entered that email address, youll be ready to sell your mp3s.

SETTING UP YOUR STORE BANNER

You have the ability to create a banner that covers the top of youre A&R artist page which makes it more of a professional website or electronic press kit for yourself. All you need to do is create a banner with any photo program (paint, photo shop, ect.). Make sure your banner is 770 pixels wide, and 130 pixels high. Then you upload it to any image hosting site (photobucket, image shack, ect.). Once you have it uploaded, copy the URL embed code. Then you simply log in to your store. Go to modify artist at the top of the menu on the left. Once you are in there, youll see where to paste that URL embed code for the banner. Then your set!

**Remember: Your Banner URL or <embed> code. Must be EXACTLY 770 pixels wide by 130 pixels high

GETTING YOUR PLAYER ON YOUR MYSPACE PAGE

Your player appears on your front page as soon as you upload your first mp3. Now the player is designed with a code you can use to place the player itself on your myspace page and sell your tracks there! When you go to "view your site", you'll see your player on the right hand side of the page. The code on the left side of the page where it says player code. Copy the code, and paste it anywhere in your myspace page. Even as comments, or bulletins to network with.

UTILIZING YOUR PLAYER

The player can also be sent in instant messages, posted as bulletins, or commented on some ones page. Remember, where ever you post your player, people are able to simply click and buy, download, or listen to your tracks! The player is made to be a promotional tool used to push out virtually anywhere you want to. The next time you sit at the computer to do some networking, use your mp3 player to your networking with. Remember to just copy and paste that code!

SUBMITTING TO PROJECTS WITH YOUR STORE

Youre A&R store page is also a platform for you to make submissions from home. This is perfect for artists that have a larger library of music at home or in their studio. When you log in, on your menu at the top, youll see an Extra button. Once you click that, youll see some other options to choose from including a deal sheet button. Clicking on that will show you the updated deal sheet.

Now once youre there, youll see the newest project listings. There are directions on how to submit for a project right there on that page. Its very easy to do, and its good to be as active as possible, especially if youre a song writer or producer.

Remember, these project listings are only a small portion of what we submit to on a normal basis.

Member Services Dept.
A&R Select
8286 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-924-5897 main
www.arselect.com

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AR Select

A message to all members of AR Select

Hey A&R friends!

What is going wrong with the music industry and what can you do to get your music heard? Find out at the A&R Select blog here: http://tinyurl.com/yfdf32x Also, don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @ARselect

On Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 7:56 PM EST joe@arselect.com wrote:

Jerren, hey I wanted to take the next step here and schedule you up  for our consultation. I'm going to be putting together a detailed  plan covering many things in terms of releasing and promoting your  material the right way. Im going o get familiar with the music and  suggest singles to work with for our radio campaigns. I have March  3rd around 4:00 pacific time. Please let me know if this will work  for you. Looking forward to it! Make sure you have set up your  PromoFM page. Thanks!

Joe Conte
Artist
Representative
323-924-5897
joe@arselect.com


Joe Conte
Artist
Representative
323-924-5897
joe@arselect.com
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