Category Archives: Music business

Tier 5 Certificates of Sponsorship – How long is a Piece of String?

As you know if you subscribe to this blog, one of my functions is as a Home Office licenced sponsor for Tier 5 Certificates of Sponsorship for entertainers and sportspeople. One of my regular customers (an agent who arranges visas … Continue reading

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A Guide to Working with Agents for Folk Clubs, Small Venue Organisers and Independent Bookers

Every so often one of my artists calls me to tell me they’ve been approached by a venue or folk club organiser to do a gig, and that person has stated categorically that they don’t work through agents. Ever. Full … Continue reading

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Robb Johnson

I’m delighted to welcome Robb Johnson to the agency roster. Robb is widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend … Continue reading

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Why I won’t give my opinion on your music.

I recently had an email from a band thanking me for my help files and asking me to listen to their live demo (in my spare time) so that I could tell them where I thought they may fit in … Continue reading

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Artists

Here’s a list of all my current artists. You can find a run-down (words, music, video) at my web page. Vin Garbutt (UK) Zulu Tradition (South Africa) Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (Canada) Cloudstreet (Australia) Dan McKinnon (Canada) Union Jill (UK) Eileen … Continue reading

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Dan McKinnon on tour in November

I have the lovely Dan McKinnon on tour from Canada in November 2012. Dates booking now. What a fantastic voice that man has got! Good songs and great guitar, too. A real troubador. One man, one guitar, one backpack, one … Continue reading

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Certificate of Sponsorship (Work Permit) Panics

This is an edited version of an older post with slightly updated details. It is still very relevant in 2017. What is it with all the last minute panics for work permits/Certificates of Sponsorship? In the past month I’ve had … Continue reading

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For one night only…

Artisan is coming out of retirement (for one night only) to take part in a benefit night for Norma Waterson at the Square Chapel, Halifax on Wed 18 May. Acts appearing include Steve Tilston, Martin Simpson, Heretique, Demon Barbers, Ryburns, … Continue reading

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What The !*&$! is a Percentage Deal and How Does it Work?

It’s called ‘A guarantee against a box office split.’ You want to book an artist to play at your venue – let’s call him Lawrence of Arabia, Laurie A for short – and you ask me what his fee is. … Continue reading

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Agentophobia

Why are some organisers scared of agents? When I was a performer I used to play at Mr. X’s folk club regularly. I even stayed in his house after the gigs. We got on just fine. Once I became an … Continue reading

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