posted by Claire Maillot
Cancellations trigger repercussions at all levels and cause undue headache for all parties (and all musicians) involved. As a general rule, we encourage everyone to disclose ALL terms and conditions to their clients and stakeholders prior to the point of enquiry, not subsequent to the point of contract. We fully understand that circumstances change and other commitments factor in, but we emphasise individual responsibility to ensure that these are arranged around their contractual agreements well in advance so that they are not compromising other people. It's not fair on managers, producers, musicians and service-providers to cancel after an arrangement has been set out - whether it's a live or studio engagement.
Since there are no other businesses/services who regulate accountability, we have taken it upon ourselves to "police" accountability. We do this by communicating publicly any breaches of account. While acting as a deterrent for potential offenders, it also provides a useful knowledge base for music managers and producers who constantly come up against the problem of people as both false prophets and obstacles to creative work.
With this in mind, here is an updated report of recorded musician cancellations since records began in 2012, across events, projects, productions and jobs. Full names have been omitted for data protection purposes.
Release = Cancellation is authorised.
Ink = Cancellation is not authorised and the musician is in a position of breach.
Red & Black Music was set up in 2012 to stop musicians cancelling.
Red & Black Music has been running a journal since 2012 for the purposes of evaluation and future development. It documents internal struggles faced by musicians and music leaders in an honest and transparent way - and evidences breaches of communication and accountability both on the artist side and the client side, in an open access format.
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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.
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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