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The Wickham festival kicked of on Thursday 3rd August, with a sell out crowd and artists line up over the four days, with something for everyone with headline acts KT Tunstall & 10cc on Thursday, Friday the crowd enjoyed Seth Lakeman and Show of Hands and Saturday the Oyster Band and The Leverllers took to the main stage.

It was then the turn of Country Americana singer songwriter BeX and her band taking to the second main stage at ‘Wickham’ on the Hapi Festival stage (main-stage 2) playing alongside Gibb Todd, Ray Cooper & John Otway, with headline act Goat Roper Rodeo Band closing the evening. BeX and her band performed songs from her debut album ‘Story So Far, this was her debut festival performance and to be honest she couldn’t of asked for a better festival to launch on, the set was bright, energetic with some real catchy tunes with great lyrical content with a strong energy from her band, with Guy Hassell on base, Richard Wood on guitar and Kyle Fenton on drums and percussion – starting the set with her debut singe ‘Time to stop the rain’, which was quite fitting as the day was full of bright sunshine, which was not the case at the start of the festival.

The set was for 45 minutes, and with a very warm and enthusiastic crowd of several hundred people packing the big top to see the performance from this Country Americana artist, but with a little of pop rock in for good measure. For BeX first festival performance, I would say a great start to the festival scene and we’ll be looking forward to the next show….

Before the Wickham Festival BeX graced the BBC introducing stage for Cowes Week at Sheperds Wharf, she performed songs from her debut album with a stripped back acoustic set, with Jamie Woodford joining the band on stage with added percussion, with the Wickham festival set being a full band performance, it was a great contrast…. BeX performed on the BBC stage at 5pm, with again a very enthusiastic crowd, especially with BeX fan base and network several people travelled a long way to catch the singer songwriter perform at Cowes for the BBC.

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The next stop for the UK singer songwriter is with the BBC once again, with a house band invite from BBC Radio Kent, performing on the James Whale show. This artist has a real presence with a very strong backing from her musicians, certainly moving in the right direction and energy.

For more information about BeX…

www.officialbex.com

www.twitter.com/BeXofficialpage

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Music Agents….

In the music world, booking agents are different from talent managers. Booking agents are the people that actually book shows for the artists they represent. They make all of the arrangements with the promoters of the shows. The booking agent presents the promoter or producer of the concert with a performance agreement, which stipulates the artist’s requirements. Items may include lighting, sound, meals, hotel accommodations, and transportation.

For concert buyers, they work to find the right artist that will fit in the need and available budget.Many of the major booking agencies refuse to represent clients who are not already signed to a major record label and have national distribution of their music. Because of this, artists on independent record company often seek representation with an independent booking agency.

Bars and nightclub that specialise in presenting live music on a regular basis often employ an individual to assemble the schedule of events. These people are the venue’s buyers, and should not be confused with the booking agent, who presents their roster of available acts to the buyer. Booking agents may also have contacts known as free-lance promoters. These are individuals that agree to produce a concert by locating a venue, providing a sound system and assembling a staff.

Producing a show in this manner, at a location that is rented out for a single evening, is called “four-walling,” as it entails renting a venue and receiving no additional services or technical equipment other than the space itself. This has often been the only available option for underground musicians lacking enough popular appeal to gain access to more conventional performance venues, but is also used among the genre of raves and various DJ-related events.

The cost factor of having a booking agent has to be weighed against what they can do for clients and buyers alike. Some agents represent several different types of artists, while others represent artists in one main area/genre.

For more information about ‘PRB Media’ and how the agency can help your event, show please send you bookings & information to: 

 

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PRB Media are launching for 2017, Music, Film & TV seminars with selected entertainment courses and induction day’s. The seminars / induction days are focused for colleges, schools, music students, aspiring music artists, creative people, producers, directors & bands who are looking to learn the basics or build on their experience and gain more of an in-depth working knowledge of the entertainment industry, with news, views & help from industry guest speakers, governing bodies, with a guide to the first steps of becoming a music manager, film producer, film & TV director, songwriter, musician or publicist. The seminars will take place within Southampton, Portsmouth & London quarterly, the next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017, check the website for further details.

The team behind the seminars have extensive experience in the entertainment industry, all coming from major & independent labels, UK tours and festivals, publishing, Sync for the film & TV sector & Grammy award wining writers / producers. The creator of these seminars also developed new deal for the media with the UK Government to give people a much better understanding of the media and entertainment industry, this program went on to be awarded 2 years running with (IOD) Institute of Directors & (HP) Hewlett Packard for entrepreneur of the year.

The seminars are in place to help each person to navigate your way through the entertainment industry, while discussing key areas of the industry sectors including, Live, Digital, Promotions, Finance, Public Relations, Festivals, Management, Publishing, Marketing, Digital Social media, Production. With advice and support in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

For any questions and further information – Please email the team, who will be very happy to help you. The next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017,check the website for further details or email the team.

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PRB Media are very honoured to present these exciting blogs & information from legendary music manager, Ms Vicky Hamilton, with the second in the series of blogs featuring Slash (Guns N’ Roses) “It’s been an interesting road from the mid 90s up until now,” says Slash. “I never stopped to think, ‘What am I gonna to do in the long term?’ Or ruminated on my solo career, where it was heading. I’ve just been jamming around, going wherever the muse has taken me. And this is the first time where I feel like I’m in the saddle and riding my own destiny with some genuine focus.”
 
Long time Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive and personal manager, featured in VH-1s Behind the Music, Driven and the Biography Channel’s on Guns ‘N’ Roses, Brett Michaels, and Mötley Crüe and the BBC series Born To Be Wild, The Golden Age Of American Rock.
 
Considered one of the most successful music executives in the industry, Vicky has discovered, developed or managed the careers of Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Poison, Faster Pussycat and many others. In 1988, David Geffen hired her as A&R executive at Geffen Records, where she stayed until 1992. She has also worked with famed manager Elliot Roberts at Lookout Management/ Vapor Records, before moving to Capitol Records as A&R consultant with longtime friend Gary Gersh.
 
At the House of Blues after watching Johnny Cash perform, Rick Rubin (Def Jam, American, Columbia Records) suggested she make a record with June Carter Cash. Hamilton shopped June’s demos around to all the major labels but there was a reluctance to sign this country legend. 
This is when Vicky started her own label Small Hairy Dog and gave June a label 
to call home. Her CD, Press On was released in 1999 and earned a Grammy Award in 2000.
 
As Hamilton later stated, “I didn’t plan on starting a record company, I just knew that June’s music needed to be heard.”Currently, Vicky owns and operates Aesthetic V management and productions, which represents and develops bands, artist and special projects.  Enjoy the second blog in the series with Slash….next blog will be Vicky Hamilton interviewing Trash McSweeney… For more information see the links below..
 
 
 

 

 

Now that you’ve got a solid band or artist, and some songs to back you up it’s time to look for a manager. Of course, you could try managing your own band, but if you want to get places and make money, searching out a good music manager is absolutely essential. 
 
The band manager’s responsibilities include financial planning, publicity and marketing and acting as your personal adviser in all band/artist-related business ventures. There are many qualities you can look for when looking for an excellent manager—someone who will stand by your band and help you find success within the music & entertainment industry.
 
 
1. Experience
 
When you’re first starting off you may come across or be approached by potential managers looking to get into the music business. While it’s always great to help a friend out, you need someone with the experience and knowledge of how to make it in the music business. Music management covers everything from booking your tours to making sound business decisions, choosing your label to helping you pick out the right songs to put on an album—and everything in between.Check your potential manager’s roster and experience, and see what other artists they’ve managed or are currently managing. Ask a lot of questions about their plans and aspirations for your band, and make sure they’re not just talking out of their backside, you know what i mean.
 
 
2. Trustworthiness
 
Your music manager will take care of nearly everything for you, from transportation to bookings, shows, PR, legal etc. Choose someone you feel good about, and know that you can trust with your career. If you’re not 100 per cent sure, keep looking. The trust factor has to be mutual for this relationship to work. Some of this you can rely on gut instinct, and some of it you can attribute to the above category: ‘experience’. Ask yourself if this is the person you’d trust to run your life for you, transport you around the world, and book packed shows. Do they seem humble, but able to stand their ground against pushy salespeople and promoters? See how they conduct other business relationships.
 
 
3. Enthusiasm
 
Your manager will act at times as part of the band, helping you to pick songs for the album as well as marketing your product! You want someone who is excited to be there, and is interested in the music you’re making. Your music manager’s input, especially if they have experience in the business, can be essential in getting radio play or press coverage this in its self can help break the band/artist. A great manager wants to be there with you every step of the way, kind of like a dad, in a way.
 
 
4. Well-Connected 
 
This can tie into experience. A music manager with good connections in the music industry will not only get your career going faster but will also lend to better publicity, and ins for live performances. They should be able to find you a studio, a booking agent, PR rep or a gig without any wasted time. Someone with good connections, and this means good connections and not just being able to rattle off a list of names, will be able to find you opportunities you would not be able to find yourself, so think carfuly.
 
 
5. A Good Human Being
 
This factor can often be overlooked when choosing a music manager. Someone who is a good human being, is liked by people and is accessible and approachable signifies a person who will be trustworthy and reliable. Oftentimes a band manager will step in and act as the cheerleader, psychiatrist and shoulder to cry on, and someone who does this well will make your whole team feel closer. A close knit team is solid and can withstand hardships to push on to success.
 
 
6. Financially Responsible
 
Pick a manager who knows how to handle finances, above all else. Many, many bands have unfortunately lost a lot of money because of irresponsible financial management. This includes everything from signing with a label, to touring and recording expenses, to their own cut in your income. A music manager makes their money from part of your income. If you don’t see any money, then they shouldn’t either. Do not get wheeled and dealed into some contract that offers them more than you receive, this is NOT good business.
 
 
7. Firm Business Person
 
Experience will bring a manager knowledge of how to make sound and profitable business decisions. Personal traits, education and good business instincts may be the difference between your band making it or breaking up. Make sure your manager is not a push over, or has the overeager need to please—unless it’s you they’re dealing with. Choose a manager who knows how to get what they want, where they want and when they want it. Negotiation skills are key.Above all, you want a manager who will work with you and has your best interests at heart. This can be a lifelong relationship, so think of your manager like family. How will they fit in and lead your group to success? By looking for these seven essential traits and skills you’ll be on your way to not only making great music, but great music that everyone hears.
 
 
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BeX Image, has come a long way in the past 12 months, building her sound and song structure which captured the attention of Mr Greg Haver (Manic St Preachers, Melanie C producer).

BeX is in the studios at Modern World from the 10th -16th September, to record her debut EP with Greg, BeX is accompanied by great guest musicians, from the very top of the tree; Nick Nasmyth Keyboards & Piano (Manic St Preachers, Melanie C), Andy Taylor Acoustic & Electric guitar (Nicky Wire – Manic St Preachers & Portishead), Greg Haver Producer (Drums & Percussion).
 
Bex will record 3 track EP, all original songs co-written with her writing partners the sound and songs are going to be wonderful, capturing her natural ability to deliver powerful vocal, but also to capture her vulnerable side looking inside the artist from a different perspective. This is not all, BeX will be captured on film the whole week, with the independent film company ”Little Earth” from Dundee Scotland, this will be more of a journey capturing the real beauty of the artist within the studio environment, this will transcend into interviews with the whole team as the week goes on. The final part will be on Saturday working in some beautiful locations across the Gloucestershire countryside, for BeX promo….. as the journey unfolds.
 
I will keep you all updated on the progress of BeX, but one thing is for sure the ride is going to be a great journey watching BeX grow into the artist, we all know she can be!!
 
 
For more information on BeX please contact:
 
Email – info@prbmedia.co.uk
 
 
 

MUSIC MANAGER – WHAT DO THEY DO??….

Talent & Music Manager
 
talent manager, also known as an artist manager or band manager, is an individual or company who guides the professional career of artists in the entertainment industry. The responsibility of the talent manager is to oversee the day-to-day business affairs of an artist; advise and counsel talent concerning professional matters, long-term plans and personal decisions which may affect their career.
 
The roles and responsibilities of a talent manager vary slightly from industry to industry, as do the commissions to which the manager is entitled. For example, a music manager’s duties differ from those managers who advise actors, writers, or directors. A manager can also help artists find an agent, or help them decide when to leave their current agent and identify who to select as a new agent. Talent agents have the authority to make deals for their clients while managers usually can only informally establish connections with producers and studios but do not have the ability to negotiate contracts.
 
A music manager (or band manager) may handle career areas for bands and singers and DJs.
 
A music manager may be hired by a musician or band, or the manager may discover the band, and the relationship is usually contractually bound with mutual assurances, warranties, performances guarantees, and so forth. The manager’s main job is to help with determining decisions related to career moves, bookings, promotion, business deals, recording contracts, etc. The role of music managers can be extensive and may include similar duties to that of a press agent, promoter, booking agent, business manager (who are usually certified public accountants), tour manager, and sometimes even a personal assistant. Manager’s contracts, however, cannot license those responsibilities unto the manager in the same way a state license would empower the agent to do so.
 
Therefore, conflicting areas of interest may arise unless those are clarified in the contract. That said, a manager should be able to read and understand and explain a contracts and study up on the long-term implications of contractual agreements that they, the bands, and the people they do business with, enter into.
 

Before the manager enters into a with the band, their relationship may be regarded as competing for interest; after a good contract is signed, their interests, obligations and incentives are aligned, and the interest in success is shared. Above is more information about the ”Entertaiment & Music” industry to help and inform people.

 

Band members as managers:

 

Sometimes an experienced band member will serve as the group’s music manager until it becomes more established and a dedicated manager can be hired. Some local music managers could be considered musical agents as well, since they primarily represent the band during the booking process and receive a fixed percentage of the band’s gross income as compensation. A music manager working for a local or regional band may also have to supervise the group during a performance and make sure the venue owners meet their financial obligations.
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Multiple managers:

 

As a solo performer or band becomes more established, some of the chores previously handled by a music manager are often delegated to others. A road manager, for example, may be responsible for the performers’ travel and lodging arrangement, while a publicist takes on the task of promoting the band and advertising upcoming gigs or tour schedules. A manager’s role in a popular regional or national band may be more of a liaison between a record label and the group, or as an immediate supervisor who addresses the personal and professional needs of the band.
 

Characteristics of a good manager:

 

An effective music manager should have experience in both the creative and business side of the music industry. Musicians often respond better to managers who speak their language, while record labels and venue owners prefer to work with people who are familiar with performance contracts and other legal obligations. Music managers should not make unilateral decisions for their clients, but should also keep a client’s best interests in mind when negotiating an appearance fee or booking more gigs.
 

Manager training Training for a music manager is often a combination of on-the-job experience working for established managers and specific business training in musical management. Some traditional music programs in public colleges and universities may offer a concentration in , while vocational schools specifically geared towards the music industry often offer an intensive course of study leading to employment as a freelance music manager.