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Working With Talent Toolkit

Hiring Talent

  • Keep in mind that there are a number of variables when it comes to hiring talent, such as size of group, length of performance and type of repertoire performed. Being flexible with your needs and pricing will be beneficial to you.
  • Hiring a solo melodic instrument such as a violin may mean hiring additional musical voices for a fuller sound. A vocalist may be able to use karaoke tracks for a specific song or two. Be sure to clarify equipment needs with the performers.
  • Chord instruments including piano, harp and guitar can give you a fuller sound with one performer.
  • Be open to mixed instrumentation. You might consider a guitar with flute and cello or a vocalist with harp.
  • Once you have designed your entertainment, identify your lead artist and allow them to contact additional artists if necessary.

Venue Considerations

  • Consult your venue's event manager for suggestions and stipulations regarding appropriate instrumentation and music type for the venue. Use these to guide your entertainment decisions, but be open to other options.
  • Your venue's event manager may handle artist arrangements as part of your event package. Inform them of your interest in CCM performers.
  • Consider the acoustics of the space and amplification if necessary.
  • If there is already a piano at the venue, make sure it is professionally tuned and serviced before your event.

Event Flow

  • What are the major segments of your event and for which segments do you require live performance?
  • When should the performer(s) arrive on site?
  • What is the duration of the performance?

Talent Considerations

  • Expect artists to know their craft and to work with you to design the entertainment for your event.
  • Most performers have a specialty area, but are flexible and versatile.
  • Talent can take center-stage or provide an ambient background for your event; they can also lead or support audience participation.