I've been contacted recently by a rep from what they're calling the Urock Tour. They described it as a way for unsigned artists to get exposure playing with mainstream acts. A lot of it just seems a bit backwards to me though. First of all they tell me that WE don't have to pay for this opportunity (implying that we normally would). Also, we can't sell any merchandise. It also says that they'll talk to us about management, creative teams, development, etc if we'd like the help. If we choose to we can hire them to do this on two different levels; either $175 or $345 a month. Once were paying customers were allowed to compete for a record deal with a major label. Oh, and it's only after we start paying them that we would be able to sell merch at the shows. So it seems to be "come play for free or pay us to play." I'm not terribly familiar with the inner workings of big tours like this being from a small midwest market, so maybe there's something I'm not understanding here. I know that sometimes getting exposure is more important than getting a big paycheck, but this just seems like a bit of a scam. I look at it this way. Were working people providing a service that costs us money. I'm always a bit irked by being asked to play for free unless it's a charity event. Am I out of line in this thinking?