(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 fees for commercial bookings across all of our productions so that they are closer to 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
Unfortunately, we cannot accept on-the-night cash payments – we can only accept BACS transfers. This is due to various security and legal requirements. We've seen it occur in the past that cash payments go missing in part or entirely, and it is more difficult to ensure that they are adequately accounted for in our books for tax/accounting purposes.
Please note however that the payment can be made within 14 days of the event at your earliest convenience. We issue invoices with bank details. I hope you enjoy the band and I look forward to hearing how it goes, and receiving the payment following the event.
Red & Black Music supports free markets, free enterprise, fiscal spending, deregulation, reduced taxes and the ability for the individual to determine the financial aspects of business, unrestricted by the rates and regulations set by the trade unions such as The Musicians' Union and The Incorporated Society of Musicians. Although we fully endorse the support that these groups provide to musicians: we are also hardened realists who believe that free markets and individual responsibility/achievement are the primary factors behind a successful music business. By lowering musicians' fees to a reasonable/moderate level, one reduces the "risk factor" aspects of engaging musicians and thereby securing autonomy and sustainability in what is already a very unstable industry. We champion only the brightest and best musicians, songwriters, producers and engagers who are unwavering and committed to their trade, and who go that extra mile to realise their artistic vision in the face of adversity. We value longevity and endurance. We reward those who are steadfast and loyal. We embrace pragmatism and reject all notions of "collaborative ventures". Music doesn't simply "come together" overnight, by magic, but through the dedication and hard work of the isolated individual.
I work across the following areas of management:
I realise that the issue of memberships requires some clarification, and it is worth being clear on this.
Everyone copied in on my email is a first member of this production (I'm currently tying up loose ends with a couple of members), having signed the release in April. I'm sorry that it is taken so long to provide membership certificates.
As we are not technically acting as an employer, we cannot use membership 'contracts' as such. This is why we are using 'certificates' as they are effectively casual, written agreements, which, unlike engagements (contracted on a freelance basis), are not contractually binding, i.e., they work in the same way as offers, where you are free to choose.
In theory, they outline my parameters / expectations which will hopefully be useful and informative. In practice, you are all busy freelancers, some of you working with multiple productions, so it is also an opportunity for you to stipulate your own preferences regarding your availability and / or membership within this particular production.
I will continue to send and contract offers and engagements, so any availability and / or membership issues must go through me. For certain members, I need to know in advance any unavailability for periods of 14 days or more.
Rory will continue to produce engagements (subsequent to a gig confirmation) including devising arrangements / programmes, organising rehearsals and acting as an on-the-day liaison, as well as doing auditions, but in terms of bookings, I am responsible for all O&E.
Meanwhile, T&C (supplier) can be found here: www.redandblackmusic.co.uk/suppliers.html
My email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me know if you have any questions.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Tony commissioned Rory to put together a brass section for the Manchester School of Samba @ Parklife Festival (Ear To The Ground). Tony didn't pay Rory or the band members for 3 months claiming that there were cash flow issues, but it soon transpired through the festival that he had been paid in cash on the day. Read below for the full discussions.
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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.
Productions vs. Bands
Unresolved Queries 1
Unresolved Queries 2