The Golden Rules for Booking Live Entertainment For Your Event

Booking Live Entertainment

The Golden Rules When Booking Live Entertainment for Your Event

Tips & Tricks For The Entertainment Buyer

Having worked as a professional magician and mind reader for the past sixteen years, I have seen hundreds if not thousands of venues all over the world. From Boston, where I am based, to Singapore, where I work for a few weeks once per year, and many cities and countries in between. A similarity that crosses all borders is the consistent lack of knowledge the client has when booking live entertainment. This is true for that of a variety type. (e.g magicians, jugglers, clowns, etc.).

Now this can be forgiven (to an extent), as most people have not booked live entertainment before and know absolutely nothing about how the process works. These individuals can be forgiven and kindly instructed by the performer on how the smooth the process can and should be. That said, when you as the entertainer are working through a seasoned booker (e.g someone who works for a company that plans all large and small functions), there is really no excuse for poor booking processes.

After speaking with several performer friends from all areas of entertainment, we have come up with a list of guidelines any future client should be at least familiar with before hiring professional entertainment.

When To Book Live Entertainment

So you want to hire some entertainment for your party, event, graduation, anniversary, etc. Whatever the case may be, you want to spice it up with something live and fun! First thing you should know is that performers of all varieties whether magicians, fire eaters or live bands, need time to prepare their shows. Most of us specially design our performances around your event, and this does take some time and will go into the price of the performance. You will want to give at least 3-4 weeks notice to a performer before booking. This is my suggested time frame for me, other performers require much earlier notice, and some can take an event with just a couple days notice. It depends on our schedules, current bookings and flexibility and of course, the performer himself (or herself). Our schedules are very strange, and totally non-traditional – we can have gigs at all hours of the day, night, and even into the very early mornings. Please Note: If you call a performer a day or two, or three, or even four before your event, they will most likely charge a little more for the short notice. It takes time to make your event special, whether by creating custom routines as I do, setting up a music set list, or getting required licenses or permits for more dangerous acts like fire eating and sideshow stunts. » Read more: The Golden Rules for Booking Live Entertainment For Your Event

Details on Selling a Movie That Has Been Filmed in New York City

As with many states across America, New York offers tax incentives for activities associated with New York City video production. These incentives are created to encourage producers to choose New York as the location for shooting and producing their films, thereby creating local jobs and boosting tourism.

What Qualifies as New York City Film Production?

If you are creating a feature film, television film, documentary, commercial, or other similar types of video in New York City, you are eligible for state and local sales tax exemptions on certain items related to the film production. Purchases of property, services, and utilities related to pre-production, production, post-production, and sale and distribution of your film qualify. This includes set construction, wardrobes and props, and editing the film, just to name a few eligible costs. In order to receive these tax exemptions, you must register as a New York State sales tax vendor and issue tax exemption certificates to other vendors when appropriate.

Tax Exemptions on the Sale of a Film

In New York, sales and use tax is imposed on the total selling price of a film. The vendor selling the film is responsible for collecting this sales tax, and the percentage is decided based on the tax laws of the location where the film is originally delivered. If the film is delivered out-of-state, no New York sales and use taxes apply. Any analog or digital materials separate from the original film that is used by theaters or cable companies to distribute the film are considered separate from the sale of the film. Furthermore, if the video is delivered in an intangible form (either within New York or out-of-state), it is not taxable under New York law. » Read more: Details on Selling a Movie That Has Been Filmed in New York City

Da Rich Kidzz Release My School Bus Is My Limo Service Video

You may remember last year when the rap music video for “Hot Cheetos and Takis,” by a group called Da Rich Kidzz, started floating around the Internet. If not, I’ll just say it features some very hip middle-school students dancing and rapping about after school snacks. While there’s no shortage of rappers endorsing products for free, this particular example feels a little different because of the age of the performers and their surprising skill. Are these kids honestly that passionate for spicy corn-based snacks? Or, is the video a creative attempt at subtle product placement?

I did a little research and found out that not only are these kids’ talents definitely being used for marketing purposes, but also this commercial isn’t the only instance. A Kmart sponsored production of Da Rich Kidzz features a song called “My Limo” in which the children confuse their school bus driver with a limo service.

At first glance, it would be easy to believe that Da Rich Kidzz are actually just really excited to go back to school. That would mean the chorus chant, “My school bus is my limo,” is an earnest feeling of pride about looking cool on the way to school. Between hooks, the video features individual kids rapping about their clothes in a way that mimics well-known hip hop terminology in an all-ages appropriate way. One girl brags, “this baby she got back-pack,” while advertising buzz phrases like “back to school style” and “shop your way” are voiced throughout the performance. » Read more: Da Rich Kidzz Release My School Bus Is My Limo Service Video