What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Our pricing is competitive based on union scales and other similar criteria. There may be a premium on some acts, depending on supply/demand. Generally we are able to negotiate the best price and experience with our partners in order to deliver a quality performance that is optimal for all engaged parties.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
For productions - we come to a common vision and work backwards. We write up the vision and then it becomes the basis of our Letter of Agreement on how we work together. It goes back and forth usually three times and then within four weeks we have a binding contract that protects all the parties.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Year of music training, performance training, membership in affiliation groups such as performing arts organizations in Canada and the United States, Musicians Union membership, and business administration and management training.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Music was my calling. My dad bought me my first guitar when I was 8 years old, because he realized it was the only way to stop the nagging!
What types of customers have you worked with?
It used to be that I was mostly doing club dates, larger performances and private functions. Today my musical life is even more diverse. I perform with my daughter, with my musical partner as The Palisades, sing with a large chorus in New York City, play with an early music orchestra in NYC, play for hospitalized patients in NYC as part of Musicians On Call, and take a variety of gigs that have me singing and/or playing. I also study music all the time.
I am also president of International Masters Series, a production company that brings top-flight international talent to the American stage. It takes up a lot of my time. Whether it's through others or with me onstage, I really enjoy imparting knowledge. It is very fulfilling to know I am helping to usher in a new generation of enthusiastic musicians.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In The Footsteps of Django was a three-week tour of Performing Arts Centers in the United States. It took two years from inception to execution. We brought 11 musicians from Europe to the United States and toured, and promoted the tour. I was fortunate to engage the very best well reputed agent and road manager to help bring the tour to fruition. The YouTube clips - including the APAP showcase ones - tell the whole story!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find a teacher who loves to teach and who is experienced at what they are teaching. It is harder than it appears. Many great musicians are NOT teachers!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Make a list of all the questions. Research online. Ask friends in the business. When the questions are exhaustive, at the bottom of that list be sure to write: "ASK - IS THERE ANY QUESTION OR QUESTIONS I SHOULD BE ASKING YOU BUT HAVE NOT THOUGHT OF??