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.)
Event Diary 26/10/2015
From: "Essence Music Agency"
Scenario (Part #2)
You are assigned to book bands for rum promotions in bars and restaurants around the country, many of which involve sending out multiple sets of musicians to cover separate events on 1 date. 2 of these events are taking place in Birmingham and Cheshire during peak season (mid-August) and you are using Manchester-based musicians to cover these events. A vocalist has been referred to you by the producer. You have booked the vocalist to perform on these 2 events, and you have also assigned them artistic responsibility to produce the event (lead the band on the day). 2 weeks before the events, the vocalist decides that they have taken on too much work and cancels their involvement without requesting permission. How would you respond?
This case study explores how an unverifiable breach of artist contract can have knock on effects and create an unhappy client situation, and, in the worst case scenario, a potential implied breach (as explained by Musicians Union).
Read & Blog
The "Watch Blog"
Red & Black Music was set up in 2012 to stop musicians cancelling.
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.