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Nicky321
Old 14-05-2010, 9:21 AM
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My son is thinking of becoming a tribute artist, but although we have managed to find a lot of information about this, we are struggling finding a lot of information. This is a completely new situation to our family. Are there any singers/ tribute artists out there who could give us a few pointers in the right direction? How does he protect his chosen stage name (read something about sending a letter to himself, cant find it now), any letter templates etc.

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Old 14-05-2010, 12:46 PM
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check here for registering your artist name and to check it's not already being used http://www.bandname.com/
i do a lot of gigging myself, my band's music rather than covers. it's a lot of fun and pays well especially as it's tax free cash in hand.
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Old 14-05-2010, 12:51 PM
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Best thing would be to look for entertainment agencies in your area, I do mobile discos at weekends and sometimes work along side singers and most of them are sent through a agency.
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Old 14-05-2010, 1:30 PM
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I work for promotions company who promote original and covers bands amongst all sorts of other entertainment acts. We prefer to be sent a demo disc or link to an online MP3 file, plus a bio of the band/artist - age, experience, credits, style of music, covers/singer songwrite or both. Band size (min/max) and location/area willing to work.
Good luck to your lad - most of our artists would never consider doing anything else.
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Old 14-05-2010, 2:23 PM
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Thanks for the replies, we are working on getting some cd recorded and a pack to promote himself, any idea on "How does he protect his chosen stage name (read something about sending a letter to himself, cant find it now), any letter templates etc." Ive checked http://www.bandname.com/ but was told by someone he doesnt need to register his name.
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Old 14-05-2010, 2:32 PM
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which artist is he doing a tribute of?

unfortunately the only 2 singers i can impersonate are barry white and louis armstrong but i doubt they would let me black up on the "stars in your eyes" tv programme for it
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which artist is he doing a tribute of?

unfortunately the only 2 singers i can impersonate are barry white and louis armstrong but i doubt they would let me black up on the "stars in your eyes" tv programme for it
Johnny Cash, he is limited because of his deep voice and hes only 18, but has had excellent compliments so far from people who have heard him.
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Old 14-05-2010, 3:37 PM
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check here for registering your artist name and to check it's not already being used http://www.bandname.com/
i do a lot of gigging myself, my band's music rather than covers. it's a lot of fun and pays well especially as it's tax free cash in hand.
Not legally cash in hand unless you can prove you really are self employed. Once you earn any significant amount there are National Insurance implications as well.

Clubs and pubs may be happy to pay cash in hand, no invoice but if they get caught by HMRC they will come after the performers as well.

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Old 14-05-2010, 3:57 PM
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Try contacting the musicians union - they may be able to advise and there is lots of information on their website.

Register self employment with the HMRC, he may need public liability insurance too as venues like artistes to have their own just in case someone trips over the speakers etc.

As others have said - best to sign up with an agency too as that way you get gigs.

If he employs a manager to work with him then the manager will expect a 15-20% cut (industry standard). the manager will get the gigs etc.

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PS - when contacting agents, do some research on their other acts to see if you compliment them.

The agent I work for is a devote Christian and started out with specifically Christian bands. This is quite clear from the website. We got an approach the other day from a Heavy Rock band whose email address contained the word S*tan. Needless to say, they didn't get a response....
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Old 19-05-2010, 6:51 PM
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Thanks for all the input, greatly appreciated. What equipment would he need to start up and roughly what costs are we looking at? Ive spoke to a guy who used to do Tom Jones Tribute and he said most artists provide their own equipment, eg speakers, stand, mic etc
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