posted by Claire Maillot
James has been contracted for Kit in Rory on 01/06/2018. He's waited until 2 hours before the event (having received a written contract and several Show Advance emails) to suddenly announce that he's no longer available.
Do we have a replacement lined up for him at all?
Can he suggest someone?
On our side, I'd be keen to make sure that we deliver the advertised 4-piece band rather than an 3-piece band.
However, in this case, this is the kind of thing where there's nothing much to do. If we do not have a suitable replacement, it might be preferable to warn as rapidly as possible the agent for the event and discuss risk minimisation jointly with them; I would suggest a quick update to the event details, unless James' part in the band is crucial in which case they may have a suitable suggestion of replacement.
Please let me know whether we have replacements and its feasible to onboard them as well as what instrument and how crucial James' part is?
James' action has had knock-on effects for the label. Primarily in alerting the agent, it's made the label look unprofessional (although we were able to find a replacement drummer ourselves). W Entertainment also views our appeal for a replacement drummer as an issue in terms of data protection.
What would you have done in this situation? What wording would you have used? What measures would you put in place to stop such a situation from reoccurring?
Why has this been posted?
Musicians' Union Rates #2
W Entertainment's assessments throw up a number of questions. Is there a 'universal set standard' detail of information that must be included in posts? Where can these be found?
It's true that the guidelines for the posts are not easily accessible/understandable.
So in this case, yes, we don't have much recourse.
Rory - 01/06/2018
Previously, we've put the brief details (date, instrument, location) in posts and an email address for more information. Dom K requests all information is included, which is why we've posted the contract details on Facebook. Perhaps there is a middle ground that we need to aspire to in this scenario? Note that although Dom K requests all information to be included, he then sabotages that trust in deeming the offer as 'derisory' later on. Who can win?
Note also Matt's preference to resort to angry angst down the phone in contrast to clean, direct and transparent emailing. The irony is that none of these lessons would have been learned, committed and carried forwards had this conversation been made verbally. Matt's words would have vanished down the telephone line and obliterated into the wider aether of nothingness. It was useful to follow up on this and for Matt to qualify his statements in writing, because it's enabled us to carry this forwards into a template which we can use for future situations such as this. Moreover, if anyone critiqued this template in future, we have the written evidence to justify and consolidate why we have this written template in the first place. It's a win-win situation!
Less Talk. More Action.
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Meanwhile, over on Facebook...
In tab #4, Keith cites the fixing template as the 'pompous way it is advertised'. Perhaps Keith might like to have a look at this article and come up with his own fixing template?
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Rory - 01/06/2018
Show Advance - Rory - 01/06/2018
Rory - 01/06/2018
From: Claire Maillot
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Rory comes from a musical background having trained at the RNCM and worked with musicians since 2009.
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