The Business Aftermath of An Artists Death: Key Man Insurance

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

Key Man Insurance

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.

Key Man InsuranceAs 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.”

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. The policy's term does not typically extend beyond the period of the Artist’s contract with the company. Key person insurance compensates the Company that holds the policy with a fixed monetary sum as specified on the insurance policy.

Interested in obtaining a key person / key man insurance policy? Contact Front Row to discuss.

By Tom Corley

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Paddy And Nico And Key Person Insurance

Posted by Steve Beatty on Aug 7, 2015 3:47:56 PM

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Britain’s Got Talent was thrown a curve ball when dance duo “Paddy and Nico” had to withdraw from the competition.

The sudden change occurred due to a rib injury sustained by Paddy during a rehearsal. Part of the novelty of the team was the fact that the female dance partner was so much older than her male counterpart. Let’s chat for a moment about all of the implications this has on event insurance and key person insurance in general.

Firstly when insuring these performers, it would have been cultureONE-image-perform-artssignificantly more expensive to cover Paddy. Aside from any age related pre-existing conditions, the risks involved in an older person dancing on a live show are far greater than those of a younger person in prime health. As we’ve seen, injuries can be serious and underwriters take this into account before ever assuming risk. With proper coverage in place, the key person insurance would have kicked in and taken care of medical expenses incurred due to Paddy’s involvement with the show.

In most cases involving key person insurance, part of the coverage is used to pay for a replacement with similar competence and experience. Since this is a reality TV show, however, replacing talent would undermine the competition element and would therefore not be possible. As a result, the duo simply withdrew from the show altogether.

While having a dance team so different in age added a fun and exciting element to the competition, it would certainly raise some red flags from a key person insurance standpoint.

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