posted by Claire Maillot
This is a follow-up post from our original Event Diary #1.
In 2015, one of our agents, T Entertainment was added to our weekly Event Diary following on from them Bcc'ing all artists requesting them to update them on their summer availability. 2 years later, the exact same agent requested to be removed from our weekly Event Diary. Furthermore they didn't acknowledge that they'd been added as a consequentiality of their request, or address any of the reasons why when asked.
We are left guessing as to why this is the case. It may be that the agent is too "busy" to manage their workload, and is struggling to keep on top of emails. Alternatively, it may be that the agent is trying to be polite by not acknowledging or addressing these points, and, somewhere in the hazy background, may be offended by the content of our informative communications. However, in not communicating why, we are again left to speculate. What's the alternative?
Read below for the full story.
Read further to understand why "Thought for the week" is now a regular fixture as part of our Event Diary.
Quoting Provisional Availability
What happened to Diaspora Collective?
From: Salsa Direct
Due to agent request, we run an event diary, delivered to our existing agents and contacts every Monday. The event diary is an informative communication to keep agents and stakeholders updated on our availability. We've had several agents request artists to keep them updated on our availability, including T Entertainment (re: Diáspora):
If you wish to unsubscribe, then this is not a problem and we can do so immediately. Please note you can still check our availability via our live event calendar, updated via iCal and published live to the Red & Black Music website.
To see the live event calendar, click on the link below.
Please do let me know if you would like the embed code for your website, or if there is anything else we can do to assist in further streamlining the process of checking availability.
Thought for the week?
We've been told many times that the label is "impersonal":
From: "Essence Music"
From: "Jon - Station Entertainment Services"
From: "Jason @ Book Live Music & Entertainment"
OK, quick reminder as to why Red & Black Music does not mix business and pleasure, and might be considered "impersonal".
Given the facts and realities, and to satisfy the almost paradoxical need for the label to be "personal", it would seem reasonable to incorporate an element of "personal" into our communications, whilst ensuring this is kept separate so we don't muddy the waters by mixing these into our negotiations.
Those who are subscribed to our weekly Event Diary get a nice weekly slice of something "personal" from Red & Black Music in order to keep them happy. You want personal? We'll give you personal! Hence thought for the week.
Box ticked √
Please do let me know if there is anything else you require :-) we strive to please, always.
"There's a line!"
Event Diary - 16/10/2017
Red & Black Music was set up in 2012 to stop musicians cancelling.
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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.
Event Diary #1
Event Diary #2
Freedom of Speech
Less Talk More Action
Productions vs. Bands
Unresolved Queries 1
Unresolved Queries 2
What happened to Diaspora Collective?