Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment: H.O.P.E.: Bringing Music to the Masses

 

 

10/17/2005

H.O.P.E.: Bringing Music to the Masses

We believe when the public spends their hard earned dollars, they are entitled to know what they are spending it on. To this end, H.O.P.E. is working on having legislation introduced that calls for a full disclosure when lip-synching or miming will be performed at any live musical performance.

Misrepresenting a sale is fraud. The only thing that has kept it from being classified as such by the government for this long is the deep pockets media conglomerates and entities like Clear Channel and Ticketmaster who feel the need to protect the substandard products they're peddling from actually singing.

The voice of the people (and the performers we are paying to see) will be heard
. The great men and women of the H.O.P.E. Creighton chapter will be heading this fight, and Music for America is on board pledging their support. More to come...



The Truth in Music Proposition -- Full Disclosure on All Lip-Synching and Miming


Live concerts are meant to be exactly that: live. If, however, a performer believes the best possible show for their audience involves lip-synching or miming to pre-recorded tracks, we simply ask for full disclosure to allow the public to decide if this is the kind of entertainment they want to see.

We are asking for a disclosure notice on all advertisements and promotional tools including but not limited to: fliers, TV, print, and radio ads. A disclosure label is to be placed on tickets as well. Additionally, an announcement is to be made before the performance stating the show the audience is attending is not entirely live and will involve lip-synching and miming.

Failure to report these acts of deception would force the promoters to face fines upwards of $50,000, as well as lose their event licenses. The concert venue would be forced to refund all profits from the fraudulent show (to be distributed amongst ticket holders), and artists found guilty of the defrauding of their fans would forfeit their incomes from the show.