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Talent Agency Scams Emory With Promise Of Migos

Mar 29, 2017

A student group at Emory shared a letter on Facebook Tuesday night that starts off: “It sucks. We're disappointed.”

After promising for weeks that the hip-hop group Migos would be performing on campus, the Student Programming Council learned it was a scam.

Julia Munslow, editor of the Emory Wheel, said her staff noticed a couple of days ago that the Migos was performing in Mississippi the same time as it was scheduled to perform at Emory, prompting its investigation.
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Julia Munslow, the editor of The Emory Wheel, said her staff noticed the conflict.

“They were scheduled to be perform April 8 in Mississippi, and of course that's the same night as our Dooley's Week concert, and so, of course, we were like, 'What's happening?'" Munslow said.

The Student Programming Council said it was working with a third-party talent agency and the contract was approved by several departments at the University before an electronic payment was made.

Munslow said Emory University is looking to recover the money and return it to students. Emory is also considering legal action against the Global Talent Agency.

On its website, the agency lists that it charges $65,000 for Migos. 

"They should have checked the artist's Twitter account, that's like the first thing you do. It's pretty stupid," Emory senior Andrew Ahn said. "And now that they've lost money, we know that we're not going to have a better artist, and they're in a time crunch. I'm not really looking forward to it." 

Several students on campus said they were surprised that Emory landed Migos in the first place.

“It makes sense that you’ve got those kinds of agencies out there,” Emory graduate student Pauline Nalikka said. “Migos is pretty hot right now and when I saw that sign I almost didn’t believe it, to be honest.”

Emory senior Marla Rojas said she was disappointed to learn they wouldn’t be coming to Emory, but said she enjoyed seeing how students are making light of the situation.

“It is disappointing, but it is a little funny how they’re kind of giving it a twist on social media and making memes out of it,” Rojas said. “Social media is definitely exploding.”

In a statement, Emory University spokesperson Elaine Justice said that the university has filed a police report.

"Emory’s Division of Campus Life is convening a working group of students and staff to review processes related to contracts and financial transactions and implement recommendations to prevent any future fraudulent activity," Justice said.