Re: Sick singers
On Jan 19, 5:40�pm, The poster formally known as Mrs T xx
On 19 Jan, 17:22, La Donna Mobile <enidlar...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Anna is definitely off sick from the matinee *and* the signing,according to the ROH website. But don't stay away on that account.
Traviata really is my least favourite Verdi.......but as long as the
gorgeous Dmitri is still singing then I shall be there. �Am obviously
totally gutted that I won't see Anna though :-(
By the way, I just wondered how it worked financially when someone
cancels an entire concert. �Surely the Barbican (or whatever venue)
will still want their money for the hire of the hall and the musicians
will want paying too.... �is that covered by insurance or the artist's
Mrs T xx
In a complete cancellation, whoever hires the hall and the orchestra
would have to come up with the money. I believe it is usually covered
by insurance but both the Musicians Union and the American Federation
of Musicians (and all other Musician Associations I know) have
agreements in place for major venues.
The hall usually want the money in full in advance.
With freelance orchestras it is more complicated. If it is a very
short notice cancellation - ie the musicians would not have been able
to be reasonably available for another engagement - full payment is
expected from whoever the contractor for the musicians involved is.
If it is a "long notice" (say three weeks or more) it is likely to be
a percentage of the fee (usually about 40 per cent minimum).
If a performance (s) are totally cancelled by the theatre I have been
told that opera singers drive a rather harder bargain - it can be 200
per cent compensation. In the case of the big stars I imagine this is
down for negotiation with the agent in the small print.
As far as orchestral musicians go the agreements are many and complex
and often quite local or regional rather than national. For an
unknown promoter, the fixer for the orchestra may demand most of or
all of the fees up front in advance including his so that if it goes
Nipples Up that is not his or our problem.
In the event of the orchestra contractor defaulting on full or partial
payment (and, yes, this still does go on, see any monthly issue of the
MU Newsletter) they will simply be placed on the black list and will
be unable to hire any Union members until the matter is resolved - no
The column always begins the same:
Members are advised that they are not to accept any engagement from
the following names/organisations listed without consulting their
Regional Officer. Any member accepting such engagement without
consultation is advised that they may place his or herself in
contravention of the Terms of Membership of the Union.
There then follows a list of names/companies. Example: The Greatest
Opera Company Ever "also believed associated with" The Princess Diana
Symphony Orchestra/Sinfonia Brittanica/The Fireworks Festival
Orchestra. Made up, of course, but not made up that much.
Not classical but according to the January MU Newsletter one Ms Amy
Winehouse, in addition to her current problems, may be heading
towards one with the MU over payment issues.
And Sting (or his promoter) was once black listed by the way. It was,
however, an oversight. It often is. Everything is okay now.
Alan M. Watkins
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