Please stop putting yourselves forward for opportunities and entering into dialogues about potential projects if you're not available! It’s not that we don’t want to be flexible at all, but we’ve had so many musicians put themselves forward for opportunities in the past and then subsequently announce that they’re not available after all (Read More...), which, as you can imagine, really puts us at a disadvantage. It can also prevent the chance being given to someone else who is available and genuinely interested. We're using the audition process as a litmus test to establish whether or not people have actually read what they're applying for, played by the rules and are able to do the job, or whether they’ve just got nothing better to do other than applying for every opportunity under the sun (and, in some cases, forgotten that they had done).
PS: vocalists who haven't heard back. Apologies for the delay. We're still waiting on a few people to get back to us. Meanwhile, you can attribute our rules and restrictions to these guys (below).
Thanks for letting us know you can't make your audition. Unfortunately, as the ad stated 20/21 Jan originally, it would only seem fair and reasonable to honour that.
Please don't use the word "busy"!
You'll instantly lose points and go down in our estimation. "Busy" means you don't know how to manage your time/workload effectively. It implies that there is a problem and that the problem is on your side: you've taken on more than you can handle efficiently. If you use the word while putting yourself forward for auditions: alarm bells start ringing as you've already contradicted yourself. At the very least, it indicates an unfinished account, a lack of communication: you've already taken on another job without first considering how this might affect your original job, and you've failed to make this known to your original job. "Busy" is an excuse for mismanaged expectations.
At a wider level, some people pride themselves on 'being busy'. Either to make themselves look important and for others to look upon them as objects of desire. Or to politely withdraw interest by putting themselves the subject above the object.
Please do not apply if you are busy.
And another thing...
Please do ensure you read through the details of the post or any post you apply for in future. I know it seems like a hassle, but it allows us to give other people the chance who wouldn't have had the chance otherwise.
Writing an artist review is as important, if not more important, than obtaining a client review. Unfortunately, not enough people realise this and we were too late to realise this in one instance.
Red & Black Musicians Marketplace is a new Facebook group we've set up opening up an additional channel of communication to help musicians find musicians.
We've recognised artist, clients and business intermediaries approach us from all angles and require a vast range of options to suit different booking options and scenarios. We've categorised these into a Deal Code system so we can recognise and respond to these requirements more quickly and effectively. This allows us and our clients a greater degree of flexibility in terms of how we do business.
Deal Codes #1 - #3 are the most frequent and integral to our business. These are, to a certain extent, dictated by who shoulders most of the Risk Factor (the client, the agent, the label).
Deal Codes #4 - #5 are peripheral and a rarity. Deal Code #6 is an elusive, paradoxical deal code for people like Tim @ Essence Music Agency who want the world for nothing.
From: Essence Music
This is a follow-up post from our original Event Diary #1.
In 2015, one of our agents, Tailored Entertainment was added to our weekly Event Diary following on from them Bcc'ing all artists requesting them to update them on their summer availability. 2 years later, the exact same agent requested to be removed from our weekly Event Diary. Furthermore they didn't acknowledge that they'd been added as a consequentiality of their request, or address any of the reasons why when asked.
We are left guessing as to why this is the case. It may be that the agent is too "busy" to manage their workload, and is struggling to keep on top of emails. Alternatively, it may be that the agent is trying to be polite by not acknowledging or addressing these points, and, somewhere in the hazy background, may be offended by the content of our informative communications. However, in not communicating why, we are again left to speculate. What's the alternative?
Read below for the full story.
Read further to understand why "Thought for the week" is now a regular fixture as part of our Event Diary.
Quoting Provisional Availability
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What happened to Diaspora Collective?
From: Salsa Direct
Stop the talking!
People ask questions, and when answered, do not respond. People are asked questions and an answer is not received. Subsequently, a phone call or a face-to-face meeting happens. Something is expressed in an abstract, time-bound utterance. An offer/decision is backhandedly dealt and almost instantly withdrawn (possibly). A conversation/discussion takes place, and simply vanishes into thin air without a trace, without being committed to written record and/or followed through. Almost as if the conversation/discussion didn't take place at all! Thus, one begins to doubt oneself, question one's own sense of reality. Yet when topics are picked up on in writing, people fail to respond. The blank email inbox and innocently empty mailbox conceal a hidden agenda of swords and daggers. They indicate an absence of communication and a lack of accountability. It's this that we challenge at its route source.
Whilst talk is a reasonable form of communication in articulating a "shared vision", this is only a temporary illusion. It's emotionally and spiritually effective, whilst physically and psychologically ineffective. It's an obstacle to accountability in its very nature of being fluid and intangible. In business contexts, talk should be a means to an end, not an end in itself. We're human too. We like to talk and share a good feeling. It's lovely and nice (depending on the context). We like to give ourselves and one another a break once in a while, and there is a time and place for that. However, whilst easier in the short term, talk creates confusion in the long term because it's not committed. Why have a two part thing of talk then having to commit it into writing afterwards when you can simply skip step one and formulate everything straight into writing? Just keep it in the back of your mind that talk, to the same degree as developing relationships, ideas and thought processes, raises the threshold of disappointment. Things can be said and not substantiated. Moments are lost and forgotten. Communications aren't picked up on. People are too "busy"* to follow things through effectively and translate talk into action.
*busy = inability to manage one's own time.
Let's simplify communications. Let's reduce communications to their basic, elementary form and strip out all of the emotional confusion that is the enemy of solid, concrete accountability. Let's communicate information neutrally and transparently. Yes, I repeat: talk is a reasonable form of communication, but in its fluid, transitive, time-bound transmission, lacks accountability and is an inferior, deficient form of communication. Simply because it's impossible to verify/falsify what was discussed/agreed (unless it is committed to a sound recording, which throws up a minefield of technological complexities). On the other hand written communication puts action into account.
Phone lines down
Here is a report of recorded musician cancellations and unauthorised absences to date. Please note that this report excludes deputisations and cancellations where the contract wasn't enforced (i.e., cancellations mutually agreed and authorised).
Report last updated: 04/10/2017
Please note: a confirmation does not constitute a contract. We still require a contract to honour our original quotation, even if the date(s) are confirmed. An additional holding period may be allocated to allow for the contract signing, subject to our discretion. Otherwise, our original quotation only applies until the end of our original quotation's reservation period, regardless of whether the date(s) are confirmed or not. We cannot be held to honour our original quotation if a contract is issued after this point.
Our quotes increase incrementally according to the notice at which we sign a contract, and it is our policy to close all enquiries, at the very latest:
We appreciate your understanding.
Please note the above applies to studio (rehearsals, recordings) IN ADDITION TO live events.
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Please note: full names, addresses and contact details of private individuals are omitted for data protection purposes (unless already made public elsewhere online).
A category naming and shaming unreliable musicians to watch out for.
A category reporting unscrupulous venues and traders.
A category exploring the issues faced working via agents and promoters.