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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Stupid band contracts...

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Apr 7th, 2018 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Remember the contract requirement for green M&Ms no red ones, specific bottled water not offered in the region where the performance is scheduled or specific brands of liquor? Very expensive amplifiers for the back line that rental for such gear would cost more than the band performance fee?

I got one that went over the top this past week. The venue where I work (city government "event, room rental and conference center"...but you can still call us the "old high school")

After leaving phone and email requests, it took 3 days to get a copy of the stage plot and the contract rider.

In one place the contract required: "...shall provide no less than a 16 channel mixer with FIVE (4) monitor mixes..."

Same document, in a different section: "...shall provide an analog 32 channel mixer capable of six monitor mixes..." OK, make up your mind.

And yet again: "...at events where ARTIST is the headliner, the mixer used for ARTIST shall not be available for opening acts. The only exception is if the mixer is a digital mixer with the capability to save all 16 channels of the ARTIST independent of opening acts."

I would also point out that the above provisions were in different font and different size....DO NOT LEAVE OBVIOIUS SIGNS THAT YOU CUT AND PASTE YOUR CONTRACT.

So, I am personally comfortable with plagiarizing a contract, but as a "talent buyer" at work, but at least take the provisions seriously.

Here is my response to regional bands (within a 2 hour drive) who request rooms, meals, M&Ms and such. Every dollar they spend for that is a dollar the band cannot get to pay their bills.

To quote Aretha, "you gotta think, THINK!"

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Get ready for the

Buena Buena
Apr 7th, 2018 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

As I was reading your description, I was thinking 'cut and paste'.

Egos and laziness, especially when combined, can make for some very un-fun musical adventures.

I have no time for any of that foolishness!

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Apr 8th, 2018 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did they ask for zebras on swings?

Tony Wright
Contributing Member

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Apr 8th, 2018 11:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, I sent him an email as soon as I read the contract rider...basically I explained that we are the "rain out location" and we did not receive the rider far enough in advance. (We had 6 days notice.) I explained what we had available and what we could not provide and would not be spending any funds to sub rent those items (8ft by 8ft drum riser...we no longer have space to store an item used at best twice a year...and our risk management folks at City Hall basically told us last year, get rid of the risers.

Anyway, I sent an email that ended: Please note that we are not obligated to provide your requests in the contract rider because, WE never signed any contract with you. If the producer (a student association from the university) demands we provide, we will simply cancel our contract with the producer and they can find another rain out location...

Did I mention that I sent the guy 3 email and called him for 3 days and his reason for not taking our calls is "I forgot to turn my cell phone on."

ROCKET SCIENTIST? No, not hardly.


Roly: sshhhhh!!! Do NOT let them hear that, it will be in their new rider.

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