‘I started my agency in 1998, though I learned the business by getting gigs for my own band from 1985 onwards. Yes, that means I’ve been a full-time performer, touring the UK and abroad, and I’ve also booked artists for festivals and events, so I’ve worn several different folk- business hats over the years.
I’m also a licensed sponsor. That is licensed by the Home Office to issue work permits – now called ‘Certificates of Sponsorship’ – under Tier 5 (for sportspeople and entertainers). That means I can not only process work permits for my own roster artists, but also for other legitimate performers from outside the EU wishing to perform in the UK. I’ve handled work permits for individuals, for festivals and for events with big-name artists.
It’s my job as an agent, to match-make artists and events. I’m not looking for ‘gigs at any price’. Making the right connections helps both artists and bookers to get the best deal and build up ongoing relationships.