posted by Claire Maillot
Musicians constantly air their views during the performance on how things ‘should be done’. Yet these things occur in the heat of the moment and are very often contradicted later on. Of course, it’s great to talk about these things and clear the air, but there needs to be some way of capturing in writing those separate conversations that take place so that they can be actioned in a more concrete way; an all-encompassing message to check if there were any issues and to 'strike while the iron’s hot’. Without compromising the label, of course, there needs to be an authoritative tone reminding them re: the importance of fulfilling their side of the contract and stipulating things in advance etc., so we can realistically manage their expectations.
Thank you for doing a great job. I hope you enjoyed performing at the event and that things ran smoothly.
How to convey our non-acceptance of cash payments, but perhaps a bit less ‘confrontational’.
Why do we only accept BACS transfers?
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.
A quick message to reassure the client that everything went well and instil in them confidence that their business is in safe hands. This can be generalised and aimed at private clients (brides and grooms etc.) equally to promoters and agents.
The event went well. The sound check came off without a hitch and the quality of the band’s performance drew in considerably large audiences / the reception was overall positive / the band really got the audience going and created an electrifying performance. As things were going fine, I took the liberty to head home early as I am not a vital element in the performance, but the rest of the last set went smoothly from all accounts; all in all, a successful event! Thanks to you and your staff for your part in making it happen.
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Rory comes from a musical background having trained at the RNCM and worked with musicians since 2009.
Claire comes from a publishing background, having worked as a digital editor in the books industry, and proofreader in the marketing industry in London.
Jo comes from a hospitality & tourism background, having managed staff at prestigious venues throughout UK, Italy and China since 2009.
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A category reporting unscrupulous venues and traders.
A category exploring the issues faced working via agents and promoters.
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