Category Archives: Music business

Little known UK legislation from 1971 is causing problems for non-EU performers coming to the UK via Dublin, Ireland.

Steve Richard from T&S Immigration Services Ltd alerted me to a worrying new turn of events for non-visa national performers routing their UK entry via Ireland (Irish Republic, that is.) There’s an outdated piece of immigration legislation – The Control … Continue reading

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My Tier Five Sponsorship Licence and the Salisbury Poisoner.

In late 2008 the applying for, and the issuing of work permits for non-EU foreign nationals wishing to work in the UK in the entertainment industry changed forever. Up until that point the application had to be made on paper … Continue reading

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Why I can’t process your CoS in a hurry

I had a call this morning before 8.00 from a promoter who needed a Certificate of Sponsorship issuing in a hurry – actually he wanted it IMMEDIATELY, as in, within the next two hours. In this particular case it was … Continue reading

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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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