[Dixielandjazz] Unwritten rules

Bill Gunter jazzboard@hotmail.com
Thu, 12 Sep 2002 21:06:10 +0000

Hi gang,

Shiek wrote:

>There is one vital aspect that hasn't been mentioned. If booking agencies
>outside the DC area do like the ones who book my bands, there are CLAUSES
>1. only agency cards shall be given out on the gig; the sideman is hired by
>me, so if he gives out his card, the agency can legitimately hold me in
>violation of the contract. All my regulars have been told this so they
>won't give out my cards without asking me; usually I have agency cards at
>hand. But a sleazy/thoughtless substitute sideman could royally screw me up
>with the agency--you'd be amazed at what the bookers find out!!

Sure it came up, David . . . I pointed out that the only time it would be 
legimitate to deny a sideman the right to pass out his business card would 
be if it were CONTRACTUALLY AGREED UPON BEFORE HAND. Outside of that I can 
think of no compelling reason to legitimately deny a musician the right to 
pass out his business card.

But, as a sideman, suppose a friend of yours in the audience, unbeknownst to 
you, decided to talk to the manager and promote your band. What is the 
status of that person in the overall scheme of things?


Bill "Just trying to do the right thing" Gunter

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