COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT HIRING A BAND OR ENSEMBLE


HOW FAR AHEAD OF THE ACTUAL DATE SHOULD A GROUP BE CONTACTED?
As soon as possible - many groups are booked as much as a year in advance.     
   
    
I WOULD LIKE TO HIRE A BAND THAT PLAYS "A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING" - WHICH ONE DO I CONTACT?
A quick check of this on-line directory will show that the bands are listed according to the style of music they best perform. A closer look will show (in parentheses) other styles of music the band is capable of performing.


IS IT POSSIBLE TO HEAR THE GROUP BEFORE SIGNING A CONTRACT?
By calling the leader, you will be advised where the group may be performing.  A few recordings of Local 159 groups and soloists are available by contacting the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer at (419)884-1838.  Some recorded examples are also available on this web site.  Check under the "Directory of Bands" heading on our Home Page.


HOW MUCH WILL THE GROUP COST?
The cost will vary from one group to another.  The exact amount will depend on:
          a.  the popularity of the group
          b.  the size of the group
          c.  the length of the engagement (usually 3-4 hours)
          d.  the occasion


HOW CAN I BE SURE THE GROUP WILL NOT "BACK OUT" AT THE LAST MINUTE?
Simply by signing an official "Federation" contract furnished to you by the leader of the group.  Both you and the leader must sign the contract for it to be binding.  If you hire a group not affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians, you will not enjoy this protection and peace of mind.


HOW DO I KNOW IF A BAND IS AVAILABLE FOR THE DATE IN QUESTION?
Simply by contacting the leader of the band.


WHOM DO I CONTACT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING ANY OF THE ABOVE MATTERS?
 You may call the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer at (419)884-1838, or the Office of the President at (419)884-1644.


HOW MAY I SECURE HARD COPIES  OF THE "DIRECTORY OF BANDS"?

Simply write:
           Mark Maxwell
           Secretary/Treasurer, AFM Local 159
           2938 Kings Corners E. Rd.
           Mansfield, OH   44904
                    - or -
call the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer at (419)884-1838
                    - or -
e-mail the Secretary-Treasurer

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