If They Win, You Might Win…If You Devote Several Hours Working For It!

Over the years, I’m sure most of you have seen advertisements asking for votes for this award or that honor. Some would say it’s tacky to ask for votes, but I sort of see the point when there’s some degree of popularity and recognition to be gained from it.

In fact, we aren’t entirely above it ourselves. We posted one article last year after MusicScribe was nominated for an award just to let people know we’d been nominated. That was pretty much the extent of it. We didn’t spend advertising dollars or mount any sort of ongoing online campaign for votes.

Today, however, I saw a request that goes beyond simply asking for votes.

There is a company that gives away $10,000 each month to a group that is just getting started. This is for any style of music, not just Southern Gospel. Each group asks their fans to go to the company’s website and vote. Whichever group gets the most votes wins the monthly prize. Each fan can vote as often as once per hour, so a winning group might rack up a good number of votes if they have a large pool of devoted fans. So far, so good. There’s nothing wrong with that approach…

…except, one particular group has said if they win the 10 grand, they’re going to look up everyone who voted for them at least 100 times, and then enter those names in another drawing to win $250.

This approach raises a couple of ethical questions.

Are fans going to vote because they actually like the group, or because they might share a piece of the prize? Perhaps the second question is even more important: if only one fan wins (or “gets paid”) for their work when several put in an equal amount of work to help the group win, isn’t that more or less the same thing as slave labor? We’re not talking about one vote per fan. We’re talking about 100 votes per fan spread over an entire month just to qualify for the $250 drawing…and if you do put in that effort and the group doesn’t win, there’s no drawing for the $250.

I’m not going to mention the group’s name or the website conducting the contest. It’s not a major label group. In fact, I’d never even heard of them before today.

And hey, maybe my gut reaction is too harsh. Read their pitch and form your own opinion.

The TOP Artist from votes will receive $10,000. This would grealty (sic) help our ministry during 2016.

In December, the top artist had 77,000+ votes. If all our friends will vote TWICE per day, we could achieve this!

AND … BIG NEWS!!!!! BIG NEWS!!!!! BIG NEWS!!!!!

If we receive the $10,000 …
ALL WHO VOTE AT LEAST 100 times …

Your name will be entered into a drawing at the end of January (after all tallies are made by [website name redacted]). The name drawn will receive $250!!!!!

SO, GO VOTE!!!! Thanks!

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. CLW
    Reply January 02, 09:02 #1 CLW

    I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s not like they’re forcing anyone to vote. Maybe those people were going to vote for the group anyway if they really like them and this is just a possible bonus.




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    • David Bruce Murray
      Reply January 02, 20:18 David Bruce Murray Author

      I’ll concede to your point that no one is forcing anyone to vote, but not the point that people were going to vote for them anyway.

      Here’s why. For a few split seconds there before writing this story, I actually considered participating in the voting myself. $250 is $250, after all.

      But I quickly put that temptation away. I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror if I voted for a group that I’ve never even heard. I have to shut this site down and promise to never write another CD review before I could ever do that.




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