James has been contracted for Kit in Rory on 01/06/2018. He's waited until 2 hours before the event (having received a written contract and several Show Advance emails) to suddenly announce that he's no longer available.
Do we have a replacement lined up for him at all?
Can he suggest someone?
On our side, I'd be keen to make sure that we deliver the advertised 4-piece band rather than an 3-piece band.
However, in this case, this is the kind of thing where there's nothing much to do. If we do not have a suitable replacement, it might be preferable to warn as rapidly as possible the agent for the event and discuss risk minimisation jointly with them; I would suggest a quick update to the event details, unless James' part in the band is crucial in which case they may have a suitable suggestion of replacement.
Please let me know whether we have replacements and its feasible to onboard them as well as what instrument and how crucial James' part is?
James' action has had knock-on effects for the label. Primarily in alerting the agent, it's made the label look unprofessional (although we were able to find a replacement drummer ourselves). Warble Entertainment also views our appeal for a replacement drummer as an issue in terms of data protection.
What would you have done in this situation? What wording would you have used? What measures would you put in place to stop such a situation from reoccurring?
Why has this been posted?
Musicians' Union Rates #2
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.
Unfortunately, we’re not yet in a position where we can produce videos. This is due to the various legal and financial factors involved of hiring musicians and venues. We’ve seen it occur in the past that musicians and venues breach agreements, and it is more difficult to ensure that the video is of the required standard when there are so many risks at stake. However, we do plan to produce videos for all artists eventually once we have the necessary legal protections/insurances in place (but we’d rather ensure that the videos are a true representation of our quality rather than producing ones that don’t adequately reflect the lineup).
Apologies for the inconvenience caused. Please be assured we are on the case with this!
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Event Cancellation - 17/01/2016 - Soul Photos
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What is Risk Factor?
A musician asked us why we don't produce music videos. The response was simple: "it's too much of a risk." After qualifying that statement by explaining the various logistical intricacies and recounting the horror stories of recent photo shoots and financial damages, the musician responded:
"But you trust us to turn up to gigs, don't you?"
To which the response was:
"Yes, because it's not my money on the table."
The bride booked a band of musicians to perform at her wedding and as far as she's concerned, she's getting a 6-piece lineup consisting of female lead vocals, male backing vocals doubling saxophone and flute, piano, bass, kit and congas. That's what was stipulated in the contract. That's what we've delivered. The bride doesn't know the musicians personally and she's not concerned about who is in the lineup. So, the "risk factor" decreases. What if it's a question of producing excellent promotional video material for an agent/promoter who wants to see the exact lineup as advertised in the publicity? What if it's a financial investment that's significantly closer to the creative vision of the investor? The "risk factor" increases. It's the dynamic between that closeness, that "trueness to form" aspect, vs. the value of the investment, which determines the "risk factor".
The term "risk factor" essentially equates to the amount of financial risk shouldered by a hirer/engager (whether it be an agent, promoter, manager, label or any other role that involves the hire/engagement of human personnel): in terms of how an arrangement/agreement is challenged by outside circumstances. It's a term we've adopted from promoters who book artists to perform at venues, a term used to gauge and quantify to which the artist makes back the venue hire/HR costs on attendance and ticket sales. In this context, it means musicians and technicians attending an event at an agreed time/place and delivering a service that they agreed to deliver. In this particular case, it means producing high-quality, sustainable promotional video material that justifies the venue hire/HR costs invested by the label.
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Red & Black Music was set up in 2012 to stop musicians cancelling.
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.
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