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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Venue screws up the booking dates and then calls us every name in the book!

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Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Jun 25th, 2016 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, almost a year ago to the day, it has happened to us again.

Back in April we negotiated a booking with a new venue. We were offered a Saturday in May and Saturday in June. The date we were offered in May we told them we couldn't do because our drummer was out of town, but we were good for the June date. Everyone agreed on the terms and off we went.

Fast forward to the week we we're offered in May. The singer gets a call from a friend who said "I just heard on the radio that you guys are playing at the _____ this weekend!" WTF? Here we go again.

Not wanting to get off on the wrong foot with this place, we scrambled and found a drummer to sit in with us and played the gig. Everything went great, standing room only crowd all night. After the gig, we brought up the fact that we weren't supposed to be playing that night and thought that the dates got mistakenly switched. He checked his calendar and still had us booked for June, it appeared he just didn't scratch out the May date after we told him we weren't available. No harm no foul, we were able to pull it off and everyone was happy.

The following day, I'm loading out the PA system and the owner tells me he would like to book us for the 3rd Saturday of each month, but not at the rate he paid us for the last gig and gives us a ridiculously low ball offer. Never mind the fact that the gig we just played, we'd settled for a discounted rate to get our foot in the door. I told him we would have to think about it as I wasn't going to accept that offer without talking to everyone first, however we were still on the books for June and we would discuss a regular rotation when we played then.

Fast forward again to last night. We're doing a quick rehearsal the night before and the singer gets a text from a friend saying "I went to ______ tonight to reserve a table for Saturday night and they said you guys aren't playing there Saturday." WTF over?!? Here we go again.

We got a hold of the owner and he's basically PO'd because "we never got back to him about the monthly gig, so I booked someone else for Saturday." Never mind the fact that we had agreed to play this Saturday and nothing further the last we talked. I was going to bring it up again after the June date and hoped to have a little negotiating power after packing his place 2 months in a row. I guess we don't have to worry about that now.

I guess the part that ticked me off the most was his attitude towards the whole thing. Like "Who the hell do you think you are, not graciously accepting my rediculous offer to play at my club when I gave it to you?!?!" I wanted to tell him so bad that "I've been playing practically every weekend for the last several months and none of them have been at your place, so I really don't need to take a regular slot here at half the rate I can get somewhere else."

I'm just getting really sick and fricken tired of the attitude of some of these owners and their "you're lucky I'm even offering you a place to play mindset". I had a gut feeling last month that this was going to be a problem and it turns out I was right. I would REALLY like to start having places sign a performance agreement so everyone is in complete understanding of what is in agreement. An owner like this would NEVER sign anything like that anyway so it really doesn't matter I guess.

Everywhere we play regularly we have a great relationship with the management. They make money, we make money and everyone is happy.

/rant off



Earn while you learn
Jul 8th, 2016 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I was booking my band I used an AFM (American Federation of Musicians) contract with which both parties had to sign.

Using one looks (and is) way more pro than something typed up on Word IMO.

My classical ensemble

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