04-10-2012 10:30 AM
04-10-2012 10:55 AM
04-10-2012 11:04 AM
Unfortunately he's tied to two existing rooms we've had regular bookings from for 4-5 years now. Actually when I add them up it comes out closer to 12-15 bookings per year. We used to average closer to 20-25. The remaining 80+ we book locally, independent and at a higher rate than what he's been able to deliver to us for a few years.
Did your band manager already send the bar manager a press kit (I hope, since you said this happened last week)? If so, any bookings at that venue as a result are from YOUR work, not the agent's, and thus, you've started down the road to weaning yourself from him. In YOUR case, yeah, I'd say he likely has outlived his usefulness, unless those 10 bookings a year he does deliver are mega-great high-end and high-yield gigs for you...
04-10-2012 12:01 PM
04-10-2012 02:24 PM
It sounds as though you've already answered your own question.
The only thing left to think about is if you did jump ship, would the next agent give you a higher priority than this one? Answering that question could be tough.
04-10-2012 06:21 PM
04-10-2012 07:45 PM
A-list rooms in other markets rely on agencies for their prime bookings. These are rooms in Long Island, Boston, Philly, NJ Shore... destinations 2+ hours away. We don't have followings in these markets so in order to get decent bookings at decent pay in the better rooms you need agency representation. Each agent manages a bunch of rooms, sometimes exclusively... sometimes not. Sometimes agencies will overlap the same room. Bands in those markets usually don't have managers... they usually don't have anyone period other than the 4-5 members. Many times the bands are put together by the agents themselves, throwing together a bunch of players assigning a name and telling them what to play. Other times it's an established band that's moved up the ranks, auditioned and gotten some representation. We're in a unique situation in that our market agents don't exist. Every band books independently. Our manager is a band member... he handles all our bookings, also manages sound, drives the van/trailer and deals with payment at the end of the night. For all that he gets an equal cut. So we're not spending double to book through an agent. It's the same 15% off the top as any band. If we didn't have a manager and my agent called me up and asked me to send a club promo material (material the agents been using to sell us for years) I'd be just as pissed.
I guess I've never been in a high-profile/busy enough band to need BOTH a non-band-member manager AND agent/agencies so I fail to understand the work division. Can someone explain that to me? I'm not trolling here, I really don't completely get it.
04-10-2012 08:49 PM
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