The Business Aftermath of An Artists Death: Key Man Insurance

Posted by Tom Corley on Apr 27, 2016 4:17:00 PM

I was, as millions of others, saddened by the news of Prince’s passing.  I mourn his passing.  He left a legacy few will ever match in the Music Industry.  Speaking with a friend yesterday, he told me that Prince was the best Tour he ever got to work with.  It is a truly sad and sudden loss.

iStock_000072037687_Medium.jpgAs the media covers this story with great tributes and well deserved praise for such a magnificent career; I was interested to read in The Wall Street Journal that “Warner Music Group co-owns the rights to all the unreleased music in Prince’s vault that was recorded between 1978 and 1996, when Prince was under contract there, and those songs can’t be released without permission from both the label and whoever takes control of Prince’s estate.  It isn’t clear who that will be since Prince wasn’t married, had no children and cycled through many business managers.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/prince-a-prodigious-musical-talent-dies-1461282912

This outside the musical legacy will become a business legacy unto itself as time passes.  This is the reality as we move forward.

To those of you in the Entertainment Industry: Are you prepared for such sudden news concerning your main income streams? 

There are some ways to minimize these risk exposures to that income we ALL rely on as we work within our respective roles within the Music Business and Film Industry.  One type of insurance is Key person insurance.

Key person insurance, also commonly called key man insurance, is a policy taken out by a Talent Management Company to compensate the Company for losses that would arise from the death or extended incapacity of the artist. Keyman Insurance is a type of life insurance that is used by the Talent Company for business protection purposes. The policy's term does not typically extend beyond the period of the Artist’s contract with the company. Keyman Insurance policies are usually owned by the Talent Management company and the aim is to compensate the Company for losses incurred with the loss of  income from the Artist. Key person insurance compensates the Company that holds the policy with a fixed monetary sum as specified on the insurance policy.

By Tom Corley: http://www.frontrowinsurance.com/tom-corley

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent  insurance broker that works on behalf of the Canadian arts and entertainment industry to provide insurance for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Front Row has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Nashville and Los Angeles.

 

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Summer and Tours: What You Need to Know About Musical Tour Insurance.

Posted by Tom Corley on Apr 18, 2016 2:00:26 PM

Summer is almost here! That means the concert touring season is ramping up, hopefully for another record year, as Music Festivals, Music Events, and Touring Artists all hit the road.

A couple of recent stories have reminded me to encourage safety while on the road.  No show is worth an injury or bodily harm to anyone involved: Artists, Touring personnel, bus and truck drivers, and patrons!  I have attached a couple of stories reporting recent accidents:  the Allman Brothers bus crash and an unfortunate incident following a Luke Bryant Concert involving a local crew:

http://www.pollstarpro.com/NewsContent.aspx?cat=0&com=1&ArticleID=823800

http://tasteofcountry.com/luke-bryan-crew-accident-new-york/

Whether you are producing a one-time concert or a series of musical events in multiple locations, Front Row Insurance Brokers offers musical event insurance programs that cover your events and musical tours and greatly helps to protect your investment.

Take the unfortunate bus crash. Are you prepared for a canceled headliner, to issue refunds if the show cannot be rebooked?  Compensate a suitable replacement act? Lost advertising, venue expenses?  Medical expenses? Front Row is prepared to help with Musical  Event Cancellation  Insurance policies that will assist you with these cancellation issues.

Tour InsuranceAre you making sure that a competent, professional local crew is hired to assist your Touring Professionals?  Is safety a priority not only on the job, but have food, liquids, and properly timed “rest breaks” been scheduled.  How about giving the local crew  rooms that are vacated after a show if necessary if your band and crew have showered.  They are paid for: it is a simple process of asking.  Not only is that a common, professional courtesy, it helps all involved with a show; Touring Professionals and Locals alike.

Both of my examples affect Music Promoters, Music Producers, Music Venues, Sponsors, and Artists alike.

Front Row’s insurance policies for touring musicians are available in the USA as well as Canada.  Depending on your production, you have a choice between a per-event policy or an annual policy, cancellation insurance, workman’s comp, general liability and bodily injury.

Be prepared when the unexpected happens.

Insurance is one the most important details with your show.  As we know, much investment of time and dollars are involved.

With that said, have fun, be safe, turn it up, and turn a profit!

 

Tags: Insurance and Protection While on Tour, tour liability, tour insurance, Festival Insurance, band tour insurance

Concert Insurance: Things That Go Unseen at Concerts

Posted by Tom Corley on Apr 15, 2016 3:12:41 PM

Patrons purchase tickets to a concert for many reasons: to see their favorite act, gather with friends, a night on the town and catch a new talent.  Main point is all seek a good, fun time and hearing good music.

But unknown to patrons are the many details that go into producing and promotion of a successful concert.  When planned properly, it shows, but is not seen.

One of many of those details is safety for both the performers and the audience. Concert  Insurance to protect against incidents  for Liability and Bodily harm have potential to come into play more often than one may think.

Two recent examples, one good and one not so good.  Both affect the safety and expense involved with producing an event:

http://www.pollstarpro.com/NewsContent.aspx?cat=0&com=1&ArticleID=823784 and http://www.pollstarpro.com/NewsContent.aspx?cat=0&com=1&ArticleID=823800

First, the bad news; the Allman Brother’s unfortunate bus crash.  Everyone is ok, thank goodness, but this accident is an example of the long hours artists, bands, production crews and drivers spend on getting everyone to the venue, normally traveling between 350 - 450 miles overnight to set up and perform for their fans.  Proper  Insurance coverage is a must not only to cover any medical expenses, but also to make sure that property damage to a vehicle can be recovered and/or repaired/replaced in a timely fashion. Without this commitment by performers and their teams, there is no show; thus disappointed fans. 

A second example of an “unseen” detail is crowd barriers for crowd control.  These type of barricades described in the article are not really thought about by patrons, but they are of utmost importance to artist and patrons alike.  Proper crowd control, from security to crowd flow are key to a safe event.  Concert insurance can come into play if the barriers fail to pay for injuries so that the act is not financially ruined. Having proper barricades not only enhance patron’s enjoyment, but lowers the Risk of someone being harmed or having an accident. It also helps greatly with the expense of a premium by lowering the cost!

Remember the goal is for patrons to enjoy their experience.  Our goal as concert insurance brokers is to assist producers, promoters, and artists with making sure that they are covered for any Liability that may occur.

From these two examples, one can see that accidents do unfortunately happen, but risks with large crowds, transportation, staging, production, etc.,happen.  Risk are unseen by patrons but not by a professional concert insurance broker. Best to be properly covered onstage and off!

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent  insurance broker that works on behalf of the Canadian arts and entertainment industry to provide insurance for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Front Row has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Nashville and Los Angeles.

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