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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you new to CCM's Talent for Hire service? Allow us to address some common questions:

Q. Is there a fee associated with using CCM's Talent for Hire referral service?
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No. This is a service to assist CCM students and alumni with job connections in their community.


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How much do clients have to pay the performers?
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Since the Talent for Hire program does not sub-contract performers, all queries regarding rates and payment must be discussed directly with the musicians. Fees will depend on the experience and certification of the performer. Since CCM Talent for Hire refers both emerging and established artists, fees will vary for the referrals provided.


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How good are these musicians? Are they professional?
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All musicians registered with Talent for Hire are CCM students or alumni. These artists are trained musicians. The audition process leading to admission in CCM is extremely rigorous at any level. Emerging artists are building their entrepreneurial skills; if you hire an emerging artist, just be clear in your expectations. Established artists know which questions to ask and can be more of a partner in designing the sound of your event. Please see our toolkit for more hints on hiring a performer.


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What information will clients receive when using the Talent for Hire service?
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You will receive an email with the names, emails and phone numbers of three different referrals. Links to artist websites and/or sound clips may also be provided, if available.


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Can I hire pre-formed ensembles (groups) such as String Trios or Quartets?
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Yes. There are many such ensembles registered with Talent for Hire. You will be referred to an ensemble leader, who can then configure a group for your event needs.


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Do you have any non-classical music groups?
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Yes. We have many groups specializing in Jazz music (instrumental & vocal), as well as Musical Theatre performance.


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There are some special songs and/or song arrangements that I would like for the musicians to play but I would like to hear/see a demo before hiring them. Could that be arranged?
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Yes. You may certainly request demos or samples when you contact these musicians and/or discuss the possibility of a live audition.


Q. How far can the musicians travel to perform at a venue?
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Some musicians are willing to travel long distances. It is highly recommended that you discuss this with the musicians when you first contact them and know that travel will be part of the fee structure.


Q. I would like to give feedback regarding a recent performance by musicians in the Talent for Hire program. How can I do that?
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You may certainly give feedback. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our musician referral service and we take pay close attention to you feedback. You can provide feedback electronically here or you can contact our office at 513-556-9481.