Just a reminder to all certified musicians of productions: Please keep me updated on availability at all times, ahead of any enquiries/quotations.
There's been too many incidents where I quoted provisional availability for the client's date, only to be told later that the musicians are not available, and these absences or replacements have been negatively noticed by clients. It benefits us all to avoid these 'unhappy client' situations.
Once a production is live, all certified musicians need to keep me updated on your availability continuously. You can do this on a weekly or monthly basis, however you prefer, or link me up to your online calendar so I can check when quoting availability to clients.
Note: I only send offers out to you if the client responds favourably to a quotation; many inconclusive enquiries you won’t hear anything about. Please do let me know if you want to sign up to advance notifications (an email notifying you that an enquiry has been received and quoted for). This will result in you receiving more emails, but it will provide you with more notice and may help you remember non-availability dates that you need to update me on. (You can turn these on or off at any point.)
Unfortunately, we’re not yet in a position where we can produce videos. This is due to the various legal and financial factors involved of hiring musicians and venues. We’ve seen it occur in the past that musicians and venues breach agreements, and it is more difficult to ensure that the video is of the required standard when there are so many risks at stake. However, we do plan to produce videos for all artists eventually once we have the necessary legal protections/insurances in place (but we’d rather ensure that the videos are a true representation of our quality rather than producing ones that don’t adequately reflect the lineup).
Apologies for the inconvenience caused. Please be assured we are on the case with this!
Empower the individual
Gap Studios West
Work Rate Studio
Alexandra has left Fiesta Latina & Diáspora. As you'll see from the below 22 email threads, Alexandra confirmed and acknowledged her contractual obligations multiple times in writing, and subsequently waited until all agreements/bookings were in place before casually announcing her withdrawal: almost in a deliberate fashion. Alexandra's actions will have direct implications for future musicians we employ. We are seeking legal advice from solicitors/expertise, and also researching insurance brokers to protect the company against future financial damages. Fortunately, on this occasion, the venue was able to return the deposit, so no financial damages were incurred this time. However, due to the risks at stake in booking musicians for paid multimedia recording engagements, all musicians will henceforth be required to sign electronic contracts and formally declare their liability via Signable to be booked in.
Since the correspondence is fairly lengthy and drawn out, the email threads have been broken down into separate headings to highlight each stage of the negotiations. Below is a list breakdown of the 22 negotiation email threads. Click on each linked heading in the list breakdown to quickly jump to that thread.
Why has this been posted?
Please note: all of the below is intended as a joke. Get real! Book through Red & Black Music
The Rory Duffy JazzFunkSoulPop Experience is an exciting, eclectic group of musicians offering a distinct vibe and a unique sound emerging from Jazz, Pop, Soul and Acousticy-Folk / Jazzfolk wish wash music, creating a vibrant drama on and off the stage. With the most sought after professional musicians, the crème-de-la-crème of talented, fresh-faced graduates from the London colleges, its members are all busy experienced session musicians who have come together spontaneously and recorded a spin-off demo/music video, which simply happened overnight.* The band have collectively performed at all venues from notorious jazz haunts around London to the stately homes of the exceedingly rich and famous.
*via twitch of an eyelid and a vague hand gesture, combined with a generous dollop of social jargon, fluke and a general impression of interest /street credibility among the session circuit.
Individualism vs. Collectivism
There is no such thing as a true "community". Mutual collaboration in equal parts does not exist and cannot be substantiated via concrete proof - despite how much musicians claim that they're "invested in it for the good of the band". This is an utterance that is only relevant to the contextual time and place, and expressed when it is most convenient to them. Of course, you inevitably become the "bad cop" when the musician ends up being the one to contravene their own standards of accountability, when you're landed with the responsibility of picking them up on it.
The reality is: people are individuals, a liability unto themselves. People are never "invested in it for the good of the band". People are only invested in it for themselves. People might propagate a fabrication that they are "invested in it for the good of the band" in order to facilitate circumstances conspiring in their favour. But they immediately drop these convictions as and when it matters to them.
How to say “basically, we need/want to pay 100% in full to show that we’re committed to you and you’ve got to accept this payment as proof you’re going not going to bottle” without a serviceman walking away.
We’ve dealt with Giovanni before (see communications below); he seems non-committal and wouldn’t accept our booking before on the grounds that they would not cancel or not show up — even when we offered a “loaded” fee! Maybe there isn’t a way and we’ve just got to accept their terms… How would you get around this one?
We’ve dealt with Giovanni before (see communications below); he seems non-committal and wouldn’t accept our booking before on the grounds that they would not cancel or not show up — even when we offered a “loaded” fee! Maybe there isn’t a way and we’ve just got to accept their terms… We subsequently made a booking which was then cancelled.
See also: Photography Studios
Negotiating For Nothing
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On 11 Jul 2017, at 15:03, Matt - Warble Entertainment wrote:
Recently, an agent tried to negotiate for nothing; i.e., no incentive. He asked whether there was any movement on the fee. We could have dropped the fee, but there was no grounds for us to do so. The agent responded by the argument that the incentive is getting a gig or not, and by saying that, he seemed to have been trying to see if we'd backtrack. If we had, it would've undermined our credibility.
On 11 Jul 2017, at 16:34, Matt - Warble Entertainment wrote:
Omitting vital information for the sake of simplicity.
This is another way in which our 2 primary values of communication and accountability link to one another.
It's a tricky balance.
Read, compare and contrast the following extracts.
Read also: Why are our quotes so complicated?
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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.
A category reporting unscrupulous venues and traders.
A category exploring the issues faced working via agents.