(Ding! Dong! It's Musicians' Union shark time... Due to recent wedding client expectations and wider feedback from the team of musicians, we've updated our performance fees for commercial bookings across all of our productions so that they are closer to the Musicians' Union National Gig Rates April 2018 (see below).
Red & Black Music has traditionally paid moderate fees in comparison to other artists, productions and labels to keep ourselves competitive and accessible to promoters. Given the high calibre of musicians we're booking and the increased expectations required (in particular for weddings) we've deemed it necessary to address these fees.
Unfortunately, this update will mean that the commercial fees will increase for the most part.
We've finally ditched the tapered fees structure that's been in place since 2010 so that the fee for performing solo becomes the same as the fee for performing as part of a larger lineup.
However, we've implemented a number of related conditions and costs which will hopefully ease this radical transition and change things for the better.
Many thanks for your patience,
And apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Claire Maillot & Rory Duffy
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.
We reserve our best deals for enquiries made in advance. For more information, please visit www.redandblackmusic.co.uk to find out how more money could be saved by booking in advance.
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:
Have you ever let yourself get talked into something? Have you ever let yourself be led astray by false prophets? Have you ever found yourself drawn into a situation, only to realise that the person didn't actually mean what they meant, and that you took things too literally? Did you misinterpret something that they mentioned? Did you misread vital signals in their facial expressions, articulation, tone of voice and/or body language? Don't worry and take heed: you are not the only one!
The band is performing for a wedding in a Michelin 5-star hotel restaurant, and are contracted and paid to arrive at 14:00, for a 20:00 performance (6 hours’ early arrival). Unfortunately, there has been a miscommunication between the client and the venue. The venue staff will not let the band in to set up and sound check until later on in the afternoon due to visibility restrictions, even though 14:00 was the time agreed on the contract. The band are subsequently advised that once they have had their 2 hours’ set up and sound check time later on in the afternoon, they must break down, put the equipment aside and re-set up and re-sound check in a 30 minute window after the speeches. Meanwhile, the venue manager advises the musicians to make themselves scarce for the afternoon. Many of the musicians are angry and upset, because they have declined other offers of work so that they can be there at the agreed time, and they all look to you to negotiate the terms of their agreement with the venue staff in person. How would you respond?
Gig confirmation re: 09/08/2014
Gig confirmation re: 23/08/2014
Gig detail confirmation PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE
Show Advance - Diáspora - 25/02/2017
Show Advance - Latin Explosion - 22/12/2016
Show Advance - Rory Jazz (Manchester) - 16/07/2017
It's interesting to note many of the problems disclosed below occurred due to the fact that the Show Advance was carried out verbally (and not literally, in writing). This would have facilitated the prevention of such issues.
Less Talk. More Action.
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