posted by Claire Maillot
James reasonably advocates an approach whereby a musician is obliged to confirm acceptance of the details in writing to be booked in. Red & Black Music listened. Ever since this scenario on June 1st (see James H), Red & Black Music operates a 2-stage process whereby musicians are now obliged to confirm acceptance of the details in writing at the point of contract, in addition to at the point of enquiry.
James' words have had direct implications on Ozenc, and on Tom. Ozenc believes himself to be booked in, yet he hasn't confirmed acceptance of the details in writing at the point of contract. The situation is extenuated by the fact that Tom takes over 24 hours to confirm acceptance of the details in writing at the point of contract. After this 24-hour period has elapsed, Rory enters into conversation with Ozenc, who is the 2nd person to contact Rory. Unfortunately for Ozenc, Tom confirms acceptance of the details in writing during the intermittent period after Rory answered Ozenc's 3 questions.
How would you have handled this situation? What decisions would you have made? How would these decisions have been traced back to your policies and procedures on written confirmations and contracts? Is there a definitive dialogue model/script for booking musicians that's 'out there' in existence or should musicians be booked via socialistic/cloak-and-dagger conversations?
The Musicians' Union encourages its members to use standard L2 contracts for engaging musicians. Regardless of the circumstances, a contract hasn't been issued in this scenario. Should the musician have requested a contract, or was Rory's confirmation of the details pending final written acceptance sufficient? At what point of the conversation was there a divergence of interests?
Finally, should Ozenc have cancelled his prior appointments/commitments at all, just because he received a more 'lucrative' offer elsewhere? As it turns out, Ozenc wasn't available for this engagement after all: because he had already been booked for teaching on that date, and was therefore unavailable right from the word go. Ozenc's willingness to cancel his prior teaching for a performance that may or may not go ahead raises a question mark with regards to his level of commitment. Suppose Ozenc had been booked for this engagement, and was offered a higher paid engagement elsewhere subsequent to the point of contract? Would he have felt entitled to cancel his performance?
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bethnal green on tuesday #2
Rory, I’m free for the Bethnal Green gig on 3rd July. Tom #2
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This is the point at which Ozenc should have confirmed acceptance of the details.
Rory, I’m free for the Bethnal Green gig on 3rd July. Tom
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