Big Name Talent
By LimeLight Group | Jun 20, 2017
We are proud of our relationships with industry professionals from LA to Toronto to New York. This allows us to recommend options from a wide range of national and international agency rosters. When the occasion and budget calls for the big guns, we are ready to deliver. Our client’s stages have hosted celebrity musicians, pro athletes and masters of comedy and many more! Over the years we have worked with Alan Doyle, Shaun Majumder, Mary Walsh, Serena Ryder, k.d. Lang, Mark Critch, Randy Bachman and mega legend Tony Bennett.
If you’re looking to engage a household name, it’s important to work with the experts and cover off a few key details.
Know your audience: Are they ready to buy a ticket, or register for a conference or event to see this person? If you’re looking to generate some major media and promotional opportunities, you need the right personality that your audience can’t wait to see.
Know your budget: High profile personalities and artists are in demand and for top dollar. For many of them who are on television or touring, they can only accept a handful of corporate engagements each year so they know it needs to be something they are actually interested in taking the time out of their schedule to join you for any event. Before you start making calls, have a clear understanding of the budget line you’re going to put forward.
Know what you’re looking for: Set the criteria/expectations of what you’re looking for from this performer. Is it a performance only or are you looking for a VIP meet and greet, autograph signing or any additional requirements? Some performers are happy to get on that stage but prefer to keep to themselves pre and post show. For others, they are more than happy to engage with the audience or your sponsors, they understand why you’ve brought them in. It’s an experience. Be prepared to outline the full scope when you submit your offer for an entertainer’s services.
Know what you’re paying for: Keep in mind the artist has a fee and that is just the beginning. Everyone is different but it’s important to have a full scope of what you’re paying for. Typically you’ll have artist handlers, performers that accompany them on stage, transportation costs, hospitality costs, hotel accommodations, event insurance and miscellaneous expenses.
Know the terms: When you write a firm offer and have an agent submit it to the artist manager, this is equivalent to confirming with a contract, you are ready to buy. They will also request a 50% deposit upon contract signature and the balance is typically due prior to the event before the artist travels to your engagement.
We love working with clients to help guide you through this process. Talent buying is not something you do every day. We love to make the magic happen!