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?
On 02/07/2016, a musician put himself forward as a driver. The musician subsequently received a speeding fine and implied that the label should pay for it. Please note that the musician never explicitly asked; the request was implicit - and was made after (not before) the agreement.
On 9 Aug 2016, at 21:49, Rocco wrote:
Mon 14 Nov, 21:39
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.
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