Here is an updated report of recorded musician absences since records began in 2012, across events, projects, productions and job applications. Full names have been omitted for data protection purposes.
Cancellations trigger repercussions at all levels and cause undue headache for all parties (and all musicians) involved. As a general rule, we encourage everyone to disclose ALL terms and conditions to their clients and stakeholders prior to the point of enquiry, not subsequent to the point of contract. We fully understand that circumstances change and other commitments factor in, but we emphasise individual responsibility to ensure that these are arranged around their contractual agreements well in advance so that they are not compromising other people. It's not fair on managers, producers, musicians and service-providers to cancel after an arrangement has been set out - whether it's a live or studio engagement.
Since there are no other businesses/services who regulate accountability, we have taken it upon ourselves to "police" accountability. We do this by communicating publicly any breaches of account. While acting as a deterrent for potential offenders, it also provides a useful knowledge base for music managers and producers who constantly come up against the problem of people as both false prophets and obstacles to creative work.
With this in mind, here is an updated report of recorded musician cancellations since records began in 2012, across events, projects, productions and jobs. Full names have been omitted for data protection purposes.
Release = Cancellation is authorised.
Ink = Cancellation is not authorised and the musician is in a position of breach.
This is a follow-up post to Musicians Union Rates #1. It exemplifies an unoriginal attitude from a recent music graduate, who, upon putting himself forward for a job without first checking the details, then complains because it's not paying Musicians' Union Rates.
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
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?
Here is a report of musicians we won't be employing in future.
Report last updated: 04/10/2017
You are using Bristol-based performers to cover a taco promotion at a Cuban restaurant in Cardiff. Although it was made clear that transport will only be provided from Bristol, one of the performers subsequently tells you after the contract has been sent that he is travelling from Devon, and it is unfair that his transport expenses are not getting covered by management. Two days before, he threatens to pull out of the event unless these transport expenses can be met, yet this was not what was offered in the first place. How would you respond?
"I've ear-marked those dates in the diary and I'd love to do both (June 17th for the Latin gig and June 25th for the Rory Jazz), but I would like request 20 to 50GPB extra on both dates due to the nature of the instrumentation involved and because I live out in the back of beyond. But that aside, the timbales need to be well-rehearsed with the charts and drum kit in itself (especially for a wedding) is always paid more as it's not like carrying a flute..."
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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.