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As the world’s largest online entertainment booking site, our goal is to get our members inc. singers, bands, musicians, dancers, magicians, comedians, kids entertainers & more…the most gigs possible. This is why we have created this article to help artists have more strings to their bow when it comes to getting those all-important jobs, and for some being signed up with an agency can also be a great way to keep the work rolling in.
So, what do entertainment agencies actually do? In a nutshell, they work on behalf of their clients (the acts they have signed) to promote and represent their interests. They will typically handle the majority of interactions between acts and bookers.
Agencies take a commission on each booking, usually around 10% – 20%. If that sounds like a lot, it’s worth bearing in mind that agents are a hard working bunch, often putting in long, unsociable hours and lots of travelling.
Their job involves promotion, marketing, communicating and negotiating with prospective employers, visiting studios and venues, networking and keeping up to date with the latest opportunities and developments in the industry. Then there are the many administrative tasks associated with managing bookings and contracts. Above all, it’s the personal one-to-one dealings they have with bookers that ensures a steady supply of work for their clients.
Agencies can vary in their approach, depending on the kind of entertainment they specialise in and the type of acts they work with. To help you explore this area further, here is a run down of some of the leading Entertainment Agencies in the UK…
Live Performers is one of the UK’s leading entertainment agencies when it comes to variety and circus acts.
They specialise in creating bespoke entertainment packages for both large and small events across the UK including weddings, corporate events and private parties.
Their acts include some of the finest circus acts, such as magicians, aerialists, acrobats, fire performers, stilt walkers, human statues and many more.
If you’re looking to book an aerial performer, they are the first website you should check out. Live Performers are one of largest suppliers of Free Standing Aerial Equipment, allowing venues to have aerial acts without the need complicated rigging or expensive rigging costs.
They have a huge range of free-standing aerial equipment such as free standing aerial hoops, aerial lollipops and a free standing aerial rig that is perfect for aerial hoop, aerial silk and aerial cube performers. Live Performers also offer a complete bespoke entertainment planning service, where they can create the perfect entertainment package for your event. They are able to suggest the best circus acts and can customise the performers’ costumes and music to fit perfectly with your theme.
There is no better way to add a touch of outstanding variety to your evening’s entertainment!
Clients: Their previous clients include Samsung, Olympus, Walsall Arts Council, ITV, BBC, Grosvenor House, Warwick Castle, Blackpool Opera House and Cafe de Paris.
Acts: They specialise in providing Magicians, Aerial Acrobats, Fire Performers, Stilt Walkers, Human Statues, LED performers, Pyrotechnic Performers, Walking Tables and Contortionists.
ADM Stars Entertainment Ltd.
ADM STARS Entertainment Ltd specialise in booking professional entertainers worldwide. The agency was founded by Darek Mural, who has been in the entertainment industry for more than ten years, working as an entertainer and pianist himself, performing around the world on luxury cruise lines and at five-star hotels. The agency’s main focus is music, although they work with all kinds of acts. They currently deal mostly with river and ocean cruise lines.
Clients: hotels, casinos, clubs, circuses, festivals, corporate events, private affairs and cruise ships, including Carnival, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Tauck, Scenic, Emerald, Le Meridien, Millienium Hotels and Resorts, W Hotels, Sheraton, The Venetian and La Cigale.
Acts: Solo Performers, Instrumentalists, Vocal Acts, Duos, Trios, Bands, Singers, Classical Ensembles, Latin Ensembles, Singer Pianists, Piano Bar Entertainers, Acoustic Singer Guitarists, Orchestral Musicians, Tribute Acts and Magicians.
Criteria: First class, talented performers with a professional attitude to every aspect of entertainment work.
For more information on ADM Stars Entertainment Ltd. and to submit an online registration to be considered for representation, visit their website.
The Agency – Excellent Entertainment
The Agency – Excellent Entertainment is a leading provider of entertainment and productions in the cruise line industry. Founded in 1999, the agency is based in north west London. In additon to bright and spacious offices, they have a rehearsal and audition room, complete with recently restored 1917 baby grand piano.
Marc Sorrentino heads a creative, personable and dynamic team with strong connections in the cruise and corporate entertainment industries. Before setting up the agency, Marc worked for twelve years as a performer in theatres, television and on cruise ships. He has produced shows for cruise ships and hotels around the world. The Agency also produce full scale productions with sister company Luna Rossa Productions.
Clients: cruise lines and venues throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA including Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, Saga, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Oceana, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Line, Silversea, Celebrity Cruises, Fred Olsen and Venus Cruises.
Acts: Comedians, Instrumentalists, Jugglers, Magicians, Mind Readers, Singers, Specialty Acts, Ventriloquists, Cocktail Pianists, Duos, Trios, Guitarists, Party Bands and Singing Pianists.
Criteria: Talented, professional, reliable and unique entertainers with a passion for performing, the ability to connect with audiences and enthusiasm for travelling.
For more infomation on The Agency – Excellent Entertainment and to complete their online registration form for consideration, visit their website.
Ear Candy provide live musical entertainment for main stage, daytime and evening events, weddings and corporate events nationwide. They are based in south west London. With a background in the record industry, staff at Ear Candy take a hands on approach, working closely with their acts, providing more direction than some agencies and aiming to build regular work for their performers.
Clients: EE, The Royal Navy, Quintessentially, Walt Disney Pictures, Marks and Spencer, The British Army and many amazing venues across the UK.
Acts: Motown, Funk, Soul, Swing, Rock, Indie and Acoustic Bands, Classic and Modern String Groups and Harpists, Singers, Musicians and DJs.
Criteria: Acts with ability, professionalism, a positive attitude and a willingness to develop and work on their stage craft and performance. Performers who are prepared to take guidance on what to wear, what songs to include for specific events and how to deliver the right live sound.
For more information about Ear Candy and to apply for your chance to work with some of the best musicians on the circuit, visit their website.
Entertainment Nation are specialists in providing quality live bands for weddings, parties and corporate events. Based in Warwickshire, the agency was founded by professional musicians. They work with a large roster of specialist wedding and party bands, supplying entertainment for a wide variety of events in the UK and worldwide.
Clients: Rolls Royce, John Lewis, JD Sports, Alton Towers, Samsung, Facebook, Mini, Fortnum & Mason, HSBC, BMW, Carling, H&M, Google, Barclays, ITV, Debenhams, Riverisland, BBC, Nike, Coca Cola, Waitrose, Harrods, Addidas, Sky, Dell, Marks & Spencer, Pizza Express, West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea Football Club, Volkswagon, Jack Daniel’s, Top Shop and Chessington World of Adventures.
Acts: Pop, Rock, Soul, Motown, Jazz, Swing and Folk Bands, Acoustic Rock Bands, Authentic Rock ‘n’ Roll and Roaming Bands, Solo Singers, Classical, Vintage and World Musicians, DJs and Tribute Acts.
Criteria: Professional, talented, charismatic and reliable performers.
Bands interested in being featured on Entertainment Nation can contact their friendly team by phone, email or via the website. They are open 10am-10pm 7 days a week.
Franklin James Entertainments
Franklin James Entertainments was founded by Paula Bolton in 2009 and now represents over 2500 professional artists. Based in Buckinghamshire, they have designed and created live entertainment shows for hundreds of events from luxury weddings in Cannes to awards ceremonies in London. Franklin James team members were all once professional and highly regarded performers and have first-hand experience at all types of events and venues.
Clients: Abbey House Hotels and Gardens, Bae Systems, Racecourse Beverley, Edge hill University, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Museum of Science and Industry, Nuffield Health, Sainsbury’s, Specsavers, Bella Italia, Chill Factor, Genting Casino, Hilton, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Mutual House, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, Mercure Hotels, Smiths, Manchester United, National Cycling Centre, Racing UK and Channel 4 Television.
Acts: Vocalists, Duos, Function Bands, Acapella Groups, Tribute Entertainment, Musicians, String Quartets, Aerial Performers, Greet and Mingle Acts, Celebrity Lookalikes, Comedians, Comedy Hypnotists, Contortionists, Fire Performers, Dancers and Showgirls, Magicians, High-Tech Entertainers and Themed Shows.
Criteria: Outstanding, professional and reliable live entertainers.
To find out more about Franklin James Entertainment and to fill out an online submission for consideration and possible audition, visit their website.
Franklin James Credit Management provides specialist financial and accounting support, whether you’re a solo performer, duo, group, manager or agency. With their own music industry solicitor on hand, they can help with late payments, self-assessments, book-keeping, debt collection and accounting services. They also offer advice on procedures and paperwork for new businesses. They are currently in the process of finalising workshops for new singers starting out. To read more about Franklin James Credit Management, visit their website.
Hear and Now Entertainment are based in Birmingham and have been producing and supplying exclusive UK bands for international residencies in the Middle East and Asia since 2009, providing entertainment to top 4 and 5 star hotels. They also supply wedding and functions bands for events in the UK.
This agency produces all of their acts from scratch, with exclusive use of a fully functional five room rehearsal facility, equipped with recording studio, photography studio, and video editing suite. Everything is done in house, from putting bands together to producing high-quality promotional material.
Acts are hand-picked by a team of live production specialists and placed into bands tailored for specific clients and given a rehearsal schedule and repertoire to learn. The team use their extensive experience in performance, production, and knowledge of the international residency circuit to ensure that bands are fully prepared and equipped. They are also on hand to offer advice on everything from performance techniques, repertoire and stage attire to guest relations and cultural awareness.
Clients: Ramee group, Hard Rock Cafe, Sofitel, Byblos Group, P&O, Intercontinental, Stars ‘n’ Bars, Le Meridien, Cristal Hotels and Resorts, Millennium, Copthorne Group, Novotel, Sands Hotel Abu Dhabi, Crown Plaza and DFDS Seaways.
Acts: Solo Musicians, Duos, Trios, 4, 5, 6 and 7 Piece Party Bands made up of Guitarists, Bassists, Drummers, Keyboard Players and Vocalists. Musicians who sing and singers who play an instrument are always in high demand.
Criteria: Experienced musicians and vocalists with a genuine passion for performing and travelling to new places, the ability to perform and play to a high standard, to commit to being away from home for 6 months or more, to commit to unpaid pre-contract rehearsals at studios in Birmingham, to maintain a professional attitude at all times, to learn 150+ songs pre-contract.
For more information and to submit an online application for consideration, visit their website.
PEEL Talent specialise in hiring multi-talented teams of singers, dancers, entertainment and children’s hosts, studio staff and backstage crew for a variety of live exciting entertainment opportunities across the world.
PEEL was established in Yorkshire 1999 and is now headed by Alan Culter and Mollie Daley. Alan made his name developing the Belinda King Presents entertainment production company for Cunard cruises before joining PEEL in September 2006. Recently appointed President of The Agents’ Association, Alan’s knowledge and industry experience helps PEEL book the best guest acts around.
Mollie is responsible for commissioning and auditioning all potential showteam members. Mollie was born and bred in Yorkshire and has done just about every job in the industry, from script-writer to costume and casting director. She is a familiar face at auditions and was the lead judge on Sky’s Showboaters series.
PEEL provides professional training for their artists, with use of their own comprehensive facility in West Yorkshire, which includes a suite of rehearsal dance and vocal studios, a full wardrobe department and accommodation for casts and teams. Performers get the opportunity to work with some of the country’s leading choreographers, vocal coaches and musical directors.
Clients: cruise ship companies, historic house hotels, private country estates, museums, venues and companies including BBC, ITV, SKY, Thomson Cruises, First Choice, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Bourne Leisure Limited, Channel 4, the National Trust and the NHS.
Acts: Actors, Assistance Cruise Directors, Bands, Musicians, Choreographers, Cruise Directors, Dancers, Entertainment Hosts and Managers, Guest Acts and Lecturers, Kids’ Hosts, Singers, Technicians and Vocal Coaches.
Criteria: Professional, experienced and talented performers, trained dancers and singers, the ability to dance and sing, ensemble singing skills.
PEEL are always on the lookout for performers to join their entertainment teams and they hold auditions throughout the year to find the best talent. For more information and forthcoming audition dates in the UK visit their website.
SJP International Entertainment
SJP International Entertainment (Stephan Jay Productions) was formed in Shropshire in 1999 by Stephan J. Meredith. They supply quality musicians and performers for a wide variety of clients in the cruise, corporate, function and hotel market in the UK and abroad.
Stephan J. Meredith spent 15 years as a performer and musician, working on cruise lines and holiday resorts and in theatre and television. He also worked with other entertainment agencies prior to forming his own company, gaining valuable insight into the operational, communication and networking skills needed to run a successful entertainment and booking company.
Clients: cruise lines in the North Sea, Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Fjords, hotels in the Scandinavian Countries, UK, Europe, the Middle East and Far East, corporate events, discos, casinos, race nights, firework displays, private parties and more.
Acts: Function Bands, Hi Tech Duos & Trios, Jazz Bands, DJs, Musical Directors, Reading musicians (keyboard, guitarist, bass guitarists, drummers and brass, trumpet, trombone, sax, clarinet, flute), Production Vocalists, Piano Vocalists, Cruise Directors, Visual & Musical Comedy Acts, Solo & Multi Instrumentalists, After Dinner Speakers, Arena & Circus Acts, Themed Bands, Look-a-likes, Magic & Illusion Acts, DJs, DJ Entertainers, String Quartets, Harpists, Orchestras, Pianists, Piano Vocalists and Tribute Acts.
SJP also provide music services, including backing tracks for artists, commercial jingles & themed compositions, demos for solo artists, event music, small PA & sound mixing hire with technician and sound music copying & compiling.
SJP International work on a commission basis, which is always negotiated with the artist and they aim to keep you working throughout the year. To submit an online Artiste Registration form for considration, visit the website.
The Agents’ Association is an organisation which represents performers, celebrities and musicians within all areas of the Light Entertainment Industry. They provide expertise and advice to professionals on contracts, fees, legislation and networking. On their website you can find a list of member agents in the UK, all of whom follow their strict code of conduct.
We hope you’ve found our guide to some of the top Entertainment Agencies in the UK useful. On behalf of everyone at Entertainers Worldwide – we wish you the very best of luck!