Every fool in music wants a shot at 'getting signed', 'being discovered', or given that non-existent 'free million dollars' this Industry is supposed to have floating around.
The fact this Best Of All Industries is overloaded with liars and thieves who will gladly present the exact appearance of 'opportunity' to perform (on your money, of course) for those 'all-powerful-few' who can make that fool's paradise a reality. The scam is as simple as the brainless fools who fall for it, year-in and year-out. [continued below]....
..... Moo Faces are an example.
First, you get to pay all the bills, costs, expenses, et cetera, to go where ever the scam is located 'this year', Austin, New York, Nashville, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Chicago, Jacksonville, Atlanta, St. Louis, ..., ..., to play YOUR FREE MUSIC in the 'venues', usually local Beer Joints, clubs, or lounges where Record Company 'executives' and 'A&R Representatives' who are all supposed to be in the audience.
And you can meet them! When and IF any actually show up. A few do, but always with orders NOT to sign or renew anybody! Then WHY are they there at all? OR!!!...B-Listers who claim to have "connections" appear as representatives for the label. IF the 'promoter'/'organization' running the event has paid all their expenses, they'll use the opportunity to scout out those FEW who might pose a threat to the Artists they already have a ton of money in! And the best that FEW can expect is a SHELVING!
Understand the nature of the scam: YOU pay all the bills, including the 'promoter/organization' profit to be ignored by the very people you went there to impress!
These are not cattle calls for legitimate projects!
These are not auditions for legitimate record deals!
These are scams!