oh that's right... do you even know how SXSW submissions even get made? lolol. wow. So, SXSW submissions are made through sonicbids, an organization that has already gotten a lot of flack for essentially being a pay to play site - even worse - taking money from people who enter submissions that never even get heard. They support sonicbids by making them their sole submission format, even when they know that sonicbids rips people off. Even here, most of the selection is done through looking at the band's draw - because they run it as a business. They'd pick Brittany Spears if she entered b/c she'd bring in the numbers. you think they actually care what the band sounds like?
... and you're complaining about the ethics of a situation where everyone seems to be consenting to whats going on, instead of the above. btw, what kind of qualifications do you have that give you the ability to make judgments about how bad these bands are? or are you just another guy with an opinion.
btw, you know who likes to feign moral outrage in the guise of actually more obnoxious motives? This guy:http://images.politico.com/global/news/ ... um_328.jpg
Wumme Wenders wrote:
utility step stool wrote:
so... tell me what are the ethical implications here? i'm glad you're so interested in the ethics of this.
Bo Davis wrote:
I think it's perfectly fine for people to question the ethics of a "Pay to Play" organization.
If your music is any good, you shouldn't have to pay to play. Asking bands to pay a fee to be a part of what is already a sham -- and then continuing to ask for more money from the public is even more of a sham. To top it off, all funds raised at the "benefit" show in Columbus will go to WE AREX Columbus -- or whatever it's called -- to fund a shitty band's week of drinking and free music in Austin. And what do you get in return? A shitty "digital" compilation of music, a poorly designed poster, and free admission to Kobo. But then again, the bands are already in the hole, paying to play the faux-showcase, and who knows if they'll get their deposit back? Or a bed at the Inn, or a chance to meet the girl from Phantods. It's called being in a band, and scraping together money to tour, and finding shows along the road down to Texas to make money for gas and lodging -- If your music is any good, you shouldn't have to pay to play. Especially in Austin, especially during SXSW.