following applies to one-off private and corporate functions, special
events, parties etc. With some information for nightclubs, restaurants
and hotel entertainment.
The only difference really is that acts charge less for gigs booked
by venue managers if it is to entertain their regular guests (not a
Especially if it is a residency (regular, recurring gig).
The fee for bands, duos, trios or solo
artists varies enormously depending on the act, from £80.00 to
several hundreds per musician. As an average think in terms of £150.00-£250.00
per musician (bands) or £150-£350 for a solo artist - but
it can go much higher in the case of a sought after performer. This
said, some very proficient and/or famous artists are still affordable
- they like performing and know that more engagements will come if their
fee is accessible.
Dance and jazz bands cost from £500
to £4000 for a 3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 or 12 piece band. The cost for
good, pro 5-6 piece dance bands varies from £1000-£1600+-
and a 4-piece will charge from £800-£1150+-.
When they are in high demand you may find them between £1500 to
£2000 for 5-6 piece. Such bands have something special that make
them stand out from the rest; very often due to an exceptional lead
singer. These acts usually have their 'own sound' with exceptional musicianship
and professional attitude on and off stage. They are crowd pleasers.
It is important for the client to understand that for a band to command
a fee corresponding to £300 and above per musician they have to
be extremely reliable and very well managed (the same thing, really).
It is not possible to command such fees by delivering a fantastic performance
once in a blue moon. These guys are always delivering
a fantastic performance. I just mentioned 'very well managed'; this
means that their overhead have to be covered and their accounts be in
good order. When for example '£300 per musician' is quoted, a
percentage goes toward management expenses. As said earlier some charge
much more - some famous tribute bands command 5 figure fees. Remember
that most acts request a participation towards traveling expenses if
your event is held outside a certain distance from where they are based.
If they are in London and you'd like them to perform in Bristol it will
not cost much. But it will if you are in Scotland you may find a better
idea to fly the band members over by plane and hire local sound, lighting
and music equipment. Something that can be handled by the bandeader
or his agent.
We request that unless it is impossible,
a proper meal and drinks be provided for the artists by the client on
the evening of performance, along with a changing room and secured parking
space(s) whenever possible. We expect them to deliver high quality performances
and this takes a lot of physical and emotional energy. No matter the
level of professionalism of the act, they do better when they are well
fed and a place to relax is available fo them.
The agent's commission is usually 15-20%
on top of the act's fee. FSP Ent charges 20% with a minimum of £100.
This is negotiable when it concerns high cost entertainment, especially
big names. In cases where we have to do more than simply finding the
right acts, securing the agreement between both parties and the transfer
of fees, an additional 5-8% or a fixed amount is added. The client is
of course informed at the beginning of the negotiations if such surcharge
What does the price include?
It usually includes everything - details
and special circumstances are specified below.
bands usually play two hours of live music in 2-3 sets and additional
sets if required are charged at £30-40.00 per musician per set.
It varies + or - from band to band. Two hours is usually perfect for
a private or corporate event. But depending on your schedule for the
day you may need more, for example, at a wedding you may also desire
music during the ceremony or during the cocktail reception. In such
cases try to choose a band who can also play jazz, or has a pianist
that can play classical music. It would be less expensive than hiring
two different bands.
* The band's sound system
and stage lighting ~ Unless you require specific stage effects and high
tech lighting which they would need to hire or if the venue is unusually
big and in need of a much more powerful
* The musicians' fee.
expenses if the distance is reasonable ~ usually less than 50 miles
is considered as 'reasonable'. Most bands plays much further out; the
traveling expenses are simply added to the fee.
* Most often, the bands
now play CD compilations during the breaks or a professional DJ can
be hired. For obvious reasons, we recommand a professional DJ when budget
will present you with a clear, simple and comprehensive contract to
which you and the act will be bound from the moment it is mutually approved.
A deposit of 30% will have to be forwarded to FSP Ent along with your
signed copy, and the rest will be payable one week prior to the engagement
or as agreed by special arrangements on the day of performance.
The contract is an agreement between the
client and the act.
From the moment the contract is exchanged
we let you deal directly with the act unless you ask us to continue
to be your relay point.
The role of the agent:
role of an agent is to find and propose the most appropriate and professional
acts on one side, and to find good reliable customers on the other side.
Once this has been achieved, it is the agents responsibility to settle
the deal and secure it as soon as possible through a contract based
on a sound financial agreement. 'As soon as possible' because good acts
are in demand and particularly during the summer and festive seasons
can be proposed several bookings on the same date, to the frustration
of both the agent.. and the client.
a problem occurs?
though s/he is not bound by law to any consequence that could arise
from a violation of the contract by the client or the act, a professional
agent will always do his/her utmost to sort out problems to the best
of his/her ability. Problems can arise such as the band having a road
accident the day before the engagement, or the lead singer's voice being
damaged for several weeks, etc. These things can happen and the band
finds itself unable to perform. In such cases the agent will do everything
in his/her power to find a replacement of similar quality. The respect
of this moral obligation is crucial for the prosperity and longevity
of his/her business.
None of our acts have ever failed to
guys such as in Freespirit always deliver no matter what.
Their lead singer had a roller-skating accident during a three month
residency abroad at a very exclusive venue. She tore 3 ligaments in
her right ankle which resulted in her having to be plastered up to the
knee for at least one month - with instructions to 'keep it still'.
Well, that was the end of the gig one would think...
The venue had spent $40.000 (forty thousand) promoting Freespirit nationwide
and throughout the Middle East, including the in-flight magazine of
the national airplane company, high society magazines as well as daily
adverts on national TV!
On her immediate return from the hospital
she paid a visit to the President of the company and said "I have
good news and bad news" : I have a injured my ankle and have to
wear a plaster from toe to knee... Good news: I don't need my foot to
sing, my voice is intact so we'll be fine!'
For the two next months,complete with plastered leg, she sang and danced
in front of the biggest fortunes in the world (including in front of
the legendary James Brown for a whole night!), making Freespirit even
more special than ever! Since 1995, this band has never failed to appear
once at an engagement, and we are talking more than 1500 gigs in the
UK and around the world.
We tend to work with this type of professionals.
Choosing your act:
entertainment field does not cater for mediocrity..Good or bad, a bands'
reputation will eventually precede it. Musicianship, showmanship, as
well as a professional attitude on and off stage are musts in our profession.
FSP Ent will always propose the best
possible act(s) available in its books according to the client's budget
and if necessary will try to negotiate the best possible fee.
Please do not heistate to ask
us for advice.