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Monday, November 8, 2010

A Corporate Band For Hire

By Justine Smith

If you have a company function coming up and are the person responsible for hiring corporate bands, you will be pleased to know that most bands are equally as happy to play at corporate events as they are on say, birthday, wedding and bar mitzvah occasions. This is great news for you as you can be sure your chosen band will perform a wide variety of music catering for everyone's taste.

To find corporate bands is not as hard as you may think. Searching online or through the yellow pages for music bands and music agents is a good point to start.

How do I know the band that I am booking is any good for my company? After all you will probably feeling anxious to get a good band that pleases everyone on the day, most importantly your boss! Any good experienced band is going to have its own website or social networking page.

So you have shortlisted the bands you think are suitable, but do you know what kind of music they play? You can find this information out by listening to the songs and watching the videos on the website. It's also worth looking at the feedback comments of others who have hired the band in the past.

Of course, if checking out the band in person is more your approach, then why not go along and watch them perform live at one of their local gigs?

How much you pay is totally dependent on the location of the event, when it is being held, how far the band have to travel to it, how experienced and good the band are. Expect to pay at least five times as much as a pub band. The music is something you really cannot skimp on even in these financially hard times.

When you want to book corporate bands, it's important to remember that you will need to do so well in advance of the event if you want to make sure the band is available for your chosen date.

Once you have agreed a date with the band you need to make sure the venue where your event is taking place holds a live music license. Having found the right band is the key element here so be prepared to change your venue if they do not have the necessary license. You do, after all, want this occasion remembered as a huge success by everyone attending.

Good corporate bands like to know a few details about where they are playing once you have agreed terms. This can include parking arrangements, the stage area, number of power outlets for the band etc.

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