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Scam? Design award participaction fees


#1

Sounds like way for promoters to make money?

Hello,

Just a heads-up. I just received an email “nominating” me to apply
to a competition, from Arts & Crafts Design Award 2014.

In order to participate one would have to send images, plus 38
euros.

Winner’s awards will depend on the “generosity of the sponsors”.

Sounds like the nominating is simply a fishing expedition, fishing
for my money.

Anyone out there in Orchidland have any experience with what seems
to be a great plan to raise money for the Art Domain Group, which is
the organization running this thing? Feels very naughty to me and
really irritating.

Linda Kaye-Moses


#2

Hi Linda -I looked at the website. It says it is German but somehow
I sense Russian. Whatever, the English is appalling on the website
and if you want to discuss “artist statements” as a BS contest, this
website takes first prize in the contest.


#3

Hi Linda,

I’ve received this several times. Thought about it and even
contacted them asking where they had seen my work. I forgot their
response… My feeling is that they are legit, to some degree.

But I never like the idea of paying money to have my work published
or to get in the running for some award I have never heard of. (Not
including exhibition jury fees.) That being said, some of my
colleagues, who’s judgment I trust have signed on to this award.

I’m not sure of the results yet.

God to see you at SNAG.

A


#4

Hi Linda -I looked at the website. It says it is German but somehow
I sense Russian. Whatever, the English is appalling on the website
and if you want to discuss “artist statements” as a BS contest, this
website takes first prize in the contest.


#5

HI Andy,

Good to see you too at SNAG conference.

  1. The award amount is dependent on the sponsors generosity. That’s a
    little specious, isn’t it? I think they really mean, it’s dependent
    on whether the company running this gets enough money from the
    applicants.

  2. It is legitimate as far as publishing is concerned. That’s the
    true business here. take the fees and use it to spend the time doing
    online publishing. Not much expense for them there.

  3. I, too, am very uncomfortable with being asked to pay (after
    being “nominated”) to be included in a publication that purports to
    be an award. This publications seems to be merely an advert, what we
    would normally describe as a collection of work designed to sell the
    work. essentially PR in catalogue format.

  4. And, yes, some formidably wonderful jewelry artists were
    participants previously in this “awards” program. I do wonder
    whether it has made a difference in their professional lives.

  5. And, I wonder what the previous awards were and if money was
    actually awarded, and who were the recipients. If any of that
    happened!

deep in scepticism,

Linda Kaye-Moses


#6

It is the old ‘appeal to vanity’ trick used by ‘publishers’ of
vanity press items like poetry. Anything that asks you to pay money
is not an award. It is just another way to try and get cash from
people without supplying anything in return. Everything they offer
is probably already available free on the internet.

When you receive an award the only cost is usually travel to the
dinner and embarrassment by colleagues. lol Teri


#7
It is the old 'appeal to vanity' trick used by 'publishers' of
vanity press items like poetry. Anything that asks you to pay
money is not an award. It is just another way to try and get cash
from people without supplying anything in return. Everything they
offer is probably already available free on the internet. 

If everybody pays in and one or a few get a larger amount back, then
it’s a lottery.

Noel