FMP – Prelude Part 4


Prelude Part 4

Progress made this week

  • Signed Red Shores to the label
  • Released Red Shores “Live At Bar 42’s Pangalactic” through the label
  • Created wordpress and bandcamp for Red Shores
  • Began organising a new gig on 27th for Red Shores to play
  • Found a headline act for 29th and another support act

Outstanding Tasks

  • Market and promote the upcoming gigs on 29th, 27th and 13th
  • Sign 1 more artist
  • Create a press package for Luke Amor and for Red Shores
  • Hire a PA/Sound Engineers for the gig on the 29th
  • Talk to Leanne Cushnie about event photos for 13th

 


With the final preparation week complete i have managed to sign 2 artists to the label. The first was singer-songwriter Luke Amor. I have not made as much progress with him as i had hoped to over these past few weeks especially with creating a press package for him which has not been started. The second artist was hardcore grunge duo Red Shores who i signed on monday. We have already released a live album recorded at Bar 42’ Pangalactic which they had ready to go so i will need to market and promote that.

I am in the process of organizing two new gigs. One on the 29th which i originally wanted Stone Cold to headline. Due to their drummer being away i found another similar band called Andy and the Echoes who have agreed to headline. They have actually been very friendly as well through the process which is nice to have a good relationship with the band, from this i invited them to the gig on 13th which they said they will try and come down for. For the gig on 29th i have hired out The Smugglers Return, a pub in worthing. I am in the process of getting an engineer and PA for the event which i will need to borrow from the college. The second event i began organizing is on 27th at Bar 42. This gig will feature Red Shores as they are quite different from the music Luke and I create it is best to find them their own separate shows. So far i have two other bands agreeing to play at the gig but i have had a hard time finding a headline which i will need to focus on.

My main tasks for next week is to create press packs for Red Shores and Luke Amor which i can send out to radio stations, music blog and local magazines and hopefully start generating some buzz.


 

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FMP – Prelude Part 3


Prelude Part 3

Progress made this week

  • Printed off posters and flyers for the upcoming gig on 13th
  • Organised a second gig at the Smugglers return on 29th April
  • Distributed some of the flyers and posters around the college and also to a few local business including We Have Sound in worthing.
  • Added the event to several event promotion websites
  • Organised to meet with Leanne Cushnie to arrange her to be an event photographer for 13th

Outstanding Tasks

  • Follow up with Red Shores and their managers to find out if they would definitely be interested in signing and what terms and agreements will be made
  • Market & promote the upcoming gig at Bar 42
  • Pay artist Katie Lisa James for new record label logo
  • Get press photographs taken for myself as an artist
  • Find artists for the Smuggler Return gig on 29th
  • Create an event page, posters and flyers for the smugglers gig on 29th
  • Sign 1 more artist
  • Create a press package for Luke Amor
  • Hire a PA/Sound Engineers for the gig on the 29th

After the third initial week of preparation i have started promoting the bar 42 gig on 13th and printed posters and flyers for the event, some of which were put up around college. I gave one poster to Mark at Bar 42 to put up and also a flyer to We Have Sound, a music shop in worthing. I have to sign at least two artists still. I am planning on meeting with Red Shores at some point to discuss possibly signing them to the label. I feel as though i have not made enough progress with signing artists and need to possibly look to bands outside of college.

I have also organised a second gig for 29th April at the Smugglers Return. For this i plan to open but need to find artists to play. I have contact Stone Cold however in the hopes that they can headline the gig. I need to contact Luke Amor’s managers to discuss maybe creating a press package with them. This will help me promote Luke Amor as an artist to blogs, magazines, radio stations etc…
I feel that my main focuses for the next week will be to Get artists for the second gig, promote both the first and second gigs and also look into local bands who might be willing to work with me on this project.


 

FMP – Prelude Part 2


Prelude Part 2

Progress made this week

  • Discussed a 1 year term for Luke Amor’s contract
  • Obtained contact details for Luke Amor and his managers
  • Signed a manager/label agreement with both of Luke Amor’s managers
  • Organised the first Hot Air Music gig at Bar 42 on 13th April including getting all the acts, creating a facebook event and designing graphics for the gig
  • Contacted some of the listed venues in my contact database and obtained additional needed information
  • In the process of hopefully signing a second artist to the label, Red Shores

 

Outstanding Tasks

  • Follow up with Red Shores and their managers to find out if they would definitely be interested in signing and what terms and agreements will be made
  • Market & promote the upcoming gig at Bar 42
  • Organise for an event photographer
  • Pay artist Katie Lisa James for new record label logo
  • Create physical posters and a few flyers for the gig on the 13th April
  • Contact local music blogs and magazines in worthing to promote the event

After the second week i have found it harder to locate artists interested in working with me on this project. I was contacted by Red Shores after posting in the Music at Northbrook group saying that they would be interested and after talking with them and their current managers i feel that they are interested in working with me but agreements are still yet to be made and finalized.

I got round to organising my first “Hot Air Music Presents…” gig which will be on 13th April at Bar 42. For this i have organised a line up including Luke Amor, Altamont Speedway, Mr Hyde and myself with Funkzilla headlining. The gig is to be free entry and will hopefully give all the artists and myself as a label some exposure onto Worthing’s music scene. A poster has already been designed for the gig and a facebook event page has been created. I have also submitted the gig to Worthing Live Music in the hopes that i can get some exposure through them. I will also contact a few local music blogs and magazines in hope to get exposure through there not only for the event but also as a label.
I hope to obtain an agreement with Funkzilla as they are a good band and i also have outstanding expenses from the artist management project which i would like to recoup. If however they are not interested in signing i will have to move these expenses over to the label itself and they will be recouped through any profits.


 

FMP – Prelude Part 1

 


Prelude Part 1

 

Progress made this week

  • Signed my first artist, Luke Amor, on 16th
  • Setup Bandcamp and WordPress for Luke Amor
  • Setup a Facebook page for Hot Air Music Group and started inviting and sharing to friends
  • Created an expenses spreadsheet detailing all expenses spent on Funkzilla within the Artist Management project
  • Created a small directory of Venues around Worthing and Brighton

 

Outstanding Tasks

  • Forgot to discuss a term for Luke Amor’s contract
  • Get contact details for Luke Amor and his Manager
  • Continue marketing and promoting the facebook page and wordpress
  • Start planning a gig for all the artists you will sign
  • Sign at least 2 more artists to the label
  • Contact some of the listed venues in the directory to find out capacity, hire cost, curfew, age restrictions if any and also if there will be dates free in June

I feel that this first week i have gotten to a decent start by already signing one of the artists, Luke Amor. I did however forget to agree a term for the record contract with him and feel i should have checked through the whole contract before finalising our meeting. I will catch up with him and his manager next week in order to agree upon a term and also obtain contact information for him and his manager.

I have also created a spreadsheet detailing expenses spent on Funkzilla during the management project so i know how much money i will need to recoup if i sign them to the label. I will create one of these every month for each artist so i know how much money i am spending and know how much i need to recoup.

Other things i feel i should look into is merchandise such as t-shirts or other apperal. These would be good to help make a bit more money for the artists and myself as a label and would be good to sell at the final gig and also any other gigs that occur during this project. I also need to research into promoters, aggregators, music blogs/magazines and other industry related areas which will help me market and promote my artists and the label.
One task i feel i could have done better relating to the expenses spreadsheet is some of the expenses i am missing some details on such as the cd printing i could not remember the date the transaction occurred or for the TDK blank printable CD’s i could not find out the price of 50 cds and could only find the price i spent on 100, although i am presuming that this would be half of what i spent.