• Report: #1135461

Complaint Review: ArtistPR

  • Submitted: Tue, April 01, 2014
  • Updated: Tue, April 01, 2014

  • Reported By: NPilk — Los Angeles California
ArtistPR
Internet USA

ArtistPR ArtistPR.com Scam Hoax Unethical Business Practices Internet

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: ArtistPR known scam owend by John Mahoney

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ArtistPR.com charges $60 per month to "represent" aspiring musicians. What seems like a straight-forward transaction is far from it. They take your money and do nothing, absolutely nothing.

First: You have to submit your material as though they won't accept everyone whose checks don't bounce - this produces the illusion of scarcity.

Second: If you actually have any tracks that aren't completely embarassing they offer you a spot on their homepage for the low, low price of $2.95 - this also enrolls you in the 5 day trial so you can see all the same exact paperwork you could on virtually any musicians union web-site or actual physical location. After this 5 day period your credit card is actually charged $60 per month so that they can keep "representing" you.

They have "expert" resources for you like health care & tax forms or instrument insurance information - which can be easily acquired and any musicians union.

YOU ARE ONLY FEATURED ON THEIR HOMEPAGE FOR APPROXIMATELY 1-2 HOURS - keep this in mind so you are paying $3.00 for a tiny square on a page that probably gets most of its hits from bots or people that work there constantly refreshing their pages...

Third (And my personal favorite): Once you do realize that they aren't doing anything for you and try to cancel you get multiple phone calls from (818) 253-4806 and they all of a sudden have interest in your music and want to have it reviewed in a magazine (which is fictional). Of course the sales representative on the phone says its a limited time offer and you have to re-subscribe as soon as possible. When you play hardball with them they are quick to drop the price from $60 a month to $40 per month to $20..

But the real icing on the scam-cake is that I live not far fom the address listed on their web-site and walked by it with my dog one morning - not what you'd expect because its a mail store.

Do not give them any money. Under any circumstances.


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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

ArtistPR known scam owend by John Mahoney

AUTHOR: James Robin - ()

I used to be employed for them - ArtistPR owned by John Mahoney he is a known liar in the industry
 
ArtistPR is a scam site and you should find another site to promote yourself.
I have had first hand experience with the company cause I used to work for them.
 
They just take your money and dont do anything with your music. Here is what they do.

The email list that they end you about a licensing opportunity is false is just used to get your contact info so that you get a sales call.
 
After the trial you start to get charged the site fee of $60 monthly but actually they do not do any promoting and or submitting to radio stations.

Next, when you get tired of spending the $60 or figure out that you aren't getting what you paid for you cancel,  Artistpr.com will call you and tell you that you have a e-zine that is interested in writing a review of your music. The thing is that now they have a choice to give you a discount price or stick you with the $60 again and sell you E-zine that they say will write a review of your music is actually owned by John Mahoney the owner of artistpr.com. They have many of them for example:
indiemusicreviews.net
dahiphopplace.com
bandblurb.com

 

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