Omitting vital information for the sake of simplicity.
This is another way in which our 2 primary values of communication and accountability link to one another.
It's a tricky balance.
Read, compare and contrast the following extracts.
Read also: Why are our quotes so complicated?
In December 2016, an issue arose whereby a client made a song request subsequent to the point of contract, and complained when a charge was made for the request.
Jo had submitted this information to the agent on 09/01/2014:
However, Matt removed the requests info, which led to this issue arising later on:
On 24 Feb 2014, at 14:51, Matt wrote:
Ever since, Claire has included the following footer in small print at the bottom of client quotations:
Please note: the artist reserves the right to decline outright or charge (where applicable) if deviations relating to any of the above exclusions are not pre-included in an agreed contract, but stipulated by the client post-contract. The artist accepts no responsibility/liability either for the agent's agreement with the client (where applicable) or for any post-contractual deviations stipulated by the client/agent, if these exclusions are listed above and/or stipulated by the artist pre-contract. Please check before booking if unsure.
This scenario illustrates how important information can be sacrificed for the sake of simplicity, but at the cost of accuracy/accountability.
On 10 Sep 2014, at 19:07, Jason @ Book Live Music & Entertainment wrote:
Red & Black Music has often come under fire from agents and promoters for its quotes being "too complicated" (admittedly so). While we openly admit we are trying to simplify things as much as possible there is a historic traceable reason/rationale behind our controversial "Technical" (bottom up) and "Quick Quotes" (top down) guides in terms of our accountability and how we communicate this to our clients. Much of the "confusion" arises from people simply not reading emails because they're too "busy" (= i.e., too disorganised to manage their workload). By extension, people fail to engage or negotiate, and for those reasons, simple truths and facts aren't sufficiently read and understood. We don't play the "cloak-and-dagger" game. We don't pull random figures out of thin air depending on our mood. So, then. Why are our quotes so "complicated"?
Read below for the answer.
Read also our master article regarding Complication.
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