Diáspora recently approached Charlie Wright's Music Venue about the possibility of putting on a Latin night. The venue representative signed a contract but backed out when we tried to pay the deposit, saying that the venue is having new stage and lights fitted on our dates, and they will not be able to have any live music held over that weekend.
Subsequently, we noticed that the venue was actually promoting live music over that weekend. Upon enquiry, it became obvious that the venue had lied. Not only that, but the venue tried to backtrack and compounded their lie by claiming that the music policy changed at around the same time as the proposed "maintenance" weekend. Convenient. Next thing we knew they'd found another band for their Latin night.
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.
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