posted by Claire Maillot
Employment agencies find work for work-seekers who are employed and paid by employers. This is often called ‘permanent employment’ because once the worker has been taken on, they’re an employee of the company they’re working for. However, different rules apply to entertainment and modelling.
Employment businesses engages a work-seeker under a contract who then works under the supervision of someone else. This is normally called ‘temporary agency work’ or ‘temping’.
Workers under these arrangements are paid by the business instead of the company they’re supplied to.
Contract for Latina Carnivale
Contract for Latina Festivale
Employment agencies and businesses (HMRC)
How does this apply to music?
This type of organisation sets up the contractual agreement between the artist and the client. The agency takes their deposit and assumes no legal responsibility. Any non-payment disputes must be resolved between the artist and the client directly and it's the artist's responsibility to take the client to the small claims court if payment is not made.
This type of organisation buys the services of the artist and sells them on to the client. The organisation acts as a 'middle man' and the artist invoices the organisation for the payment rather than the client directly.
Due to recent difficulties in obtaining payments from clients, Red & Black Music has now implemented the policy of contracting and taking deposits from clients directly in situations whereby the agent is acting as an Employment Agency (despite having had contracts from the agent).
This means that for Employment Agencies:
We realise that the above implementations will have potentially negative implications on our agents. However, due to a couple of recent non-paying agency clients that have crippled the label out of pocket, Red & Black Music is now having to take precautionary measures for future engagements and use standard MU contract and deposit procedures (in addition to the agency protocols) in order to protect the livelihood of our musicians. Please accept our apologies and attribute these implementations to the defaulting agency clients.
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