Artist sign up
Partybands Ireland Entertainment Agency strives to represent the the best entertainers. We look for quality, professional and reliable live entertainment and therefore have a strict vetting procedure. There is no fee to join as we work on a commission basis. If you would like to be represented by Partybands Ireland, we require the following:
Partyband’s are a live entertainment booking agency, arranging live music and entertainment for weddings, corporate events and parties.
We represent some of the best musicians and entertainers in Ireland and book 100’s of events each year.
The majority of our work is dealing with inbound enquiries for private events, with customers searching our website to find artists available on their event date, doing their research, and then making enquiries for the acts they like best. This means we can only represent artists who have good enough promo materials to attract enquiries.
We are not a directory and there are no fees to join, but your application must be approved by our team who hand pick the artists from online applications and auditions. The standard of performance & promotional materials required is high.How Do I Join
For online applications it’s important that you submit high quality promo materials otherwise your application will almost certainly be declined. Please take time to compare your existing promotional materials to those of our top ranked acts. We look to recruit acts with promo of similar quality.
You can join on a standard membership level whereby you’re free to work with other agencies & take direct bookings, or you can join on an exclusive membership basis where we look after all your private events work and we pay to produce all your promotional materials. Exclusive members get much more work as we invest into their promo and marketing.How Bookings Work
After a customer has used our website to search and shortlist the artists they like, they submit an enquiry. The enquiry is assigned to a dedicated coordinator who will liaise directly with the selected artists and the customer to confirm all the event details and get confirmed quotes.
The coordinator supports each customer through the enquiry process, answering any questions about the selected artists and about hosting entertainment at their event. They negotiate individual requirements and costs until the customer is happy that they’ve found the perfect act, and the act is happy with the deal on the table, at which point a booking is secured between the customer and selected artist.
Partyband’s draw up a legally binding contract and takes a booking deposit (our fee) - and the artist is usually paid directly by the customer on the night of the event. You have full say in your prices and everything that you agree to, and once the booking is secured, you are welcome to speak directly with your customers. A Partyband’s team member supports each booking before and after the event to ensure everything runs smoothly.Fees
You choose what you want to charge (including a price inc travel) and we put our commission on top. You can choose which counties you want to work in and a range of other factors which affect your prices.
You should not charge us the same fee that you charge for ‘direct’ bookings otherwise once our commission is added, you will be too expensive. We recommend you set your prices with us at 20% below your normal direct costs to ensure you don’t significantly undercut us nor undermine our relationship. Our normal commission rate is around 20% depending on your membership level.
Any standard membership artists that are not setting prices correctly will be excluded from Partybands.
We have suggested net retail prices for all formats of act, and we can offer advice on how you can price yourself to be competitive and win gigs. Most artists get paid on the night of each event, but it’s possible to request payment in advance from customers or to have Partyband’s collect all or part of your payment upfront.
There are no fees to join - but all the artists we represent are hand picked from the best applications and auditions that we receive. This ensures quality and reliability for our customers.Declined Applicants
We can’t always respond to declined applications with specific reasons. However - 99.9% of the time one or more of the following four reasons will apply:
The promotional photos were not of a professional standard
The artist’s identity / performance style was dated or unsuitable for our client base
The act’s performance or vocal quality was not good enough
The production quality of the audio / video was not good enough
Your promo materials need to show that you are as good as or better than other similar artists that we already represent. You might be amazing live, but your promo needs to be able to sell you online.
It should not be difficult to compare your promotional materials with the relevant top ranked acts listed on our website. Take time to review the quality of your promo materials against theirs and judge for yourself how well you compare.
Ideally you will have done this BEFORE applying to join - but if your application was unsuccessful, you can make improvements and re-apply. However, before submitting a second application please call us on 0858187071 and chat about what you need to improve so you don’t waste money producing new promotional materials that will get declined again.