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Cost to Hire Yes for a Private Event

Minimum Cost

$70,500

Maximum Cost

$102,225

Year Born

1968

Genres

Instruments

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Booking a celebrity for a private event, corporate event or ticketed performance can be a complex and time consuming task. If you have never hired an A-list entertainer, be prepared to discuss all of the details of your event including, location of event, expected head count, ticket prices, accommodations, duration of event and more.

With Seattle Entertainment Group, we offer transparent and affordable celebrity booking services. It doesn’t matter if you have a small budget or a six-figure allowance, we will help you locate, select and book the perfect entertainer for your event. We have a vast network of industry professionals that are exclusive and we have personally worked with thousands of entertainers over the last two decades.

Our celebrity booking services will help you save time, money and precious energy throughout the entire talent booking process. This includes negotiating, contracting and offer submission. We hold your hand from start to finish. Already familiar with the process? Great! Let us help you get a lower price using our relationships and routed venues across the world.

Bio

Formed in London in 1968, Yes is an English progressive rock band led by singer and frontman Jon Anderson since the very beginning. With nineteen musicians having been a part of their journey, the current lineup consists of Steve Howe on guitar, Geoff Downes at the keyboards, Jon Davison at the mic and Billy Sherwood on bass, along with touring drummer Jay Schellen. The band has explored different musical styles over the years, earning them recognition as progressive rock pioneers.

Starting off performing covers of rock, pop, blues and jazz songs for their first two albums 'Yes' (1969) and 'Time and a Word' (1970), a change of direction later in 1970 saw them creating four consecutive US platinum or multi-platinum selling albums with 'The Yes Album' (1971), 'Fragile' (1971), 'Close to the Edge' (1972) and 'Yessongs' (1973). Follow-up albums like 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' (1973), 'Relayer' (1974), 'Going for the One' (1977) and 'Tormato' (1978) were also commercially successful.

The band's elaborate stage sets, light displays and custom album covers designed by Roger Dean were a big hit with their touring fans. Their single 'Roundabout' from the album 'Fragile' sealed the band's fate of becoming wildly popular across the decade.

Anderson and Squire remained with the group throughout the 70s, with Banks, Kaye, and Bruford departing and replaced by Howe, Rick Wakeman, and Alan White respectively. Wakeman then left the group in 1974 but returned two years later, during which Patrick Moraz filled in. After one more album 'Drama' and tour in 1980, Downes and Trevor Horn replacing Wakeman and Anderson respectively, the band disbanded in 1981.

In 1983, Squire and White resurrected the group with Anderson and Kaye coming back and Trevor Rabin joining in. This brought a shift towards mainstream rock, and their highest-selling album '90125' released that same year featuring the US number-one single 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'. The following album ‘Big Generator’ (1987) was also successful.

From 1991 to 1992, Yes included eight members after they merged with spinoff Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe for 'Union' (1991) and its accompanying tour. They continued regularly releasing albums till 2004, after which they took a break of four years and returned in 2008 with three new albums, their most recent being 'The Quest' (2021).

Yes is acclaimed as one of the most successful, influential, and longest-lasting progressive rock bands, selling 13.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the US and more than 30 million albums worldwide. The group won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with "Cinema" and received five further Grammy nominations between 1985 and 1992. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, and have released a discography of 22 studio albums. Many current and former members of the band have often collaborated outside of the official band context, with the group Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman touring from 2016 to 2018.

SEG does not, nor claims to, represent any celebrity as the exclusive booking agent. Seattle Entertainment Group does not manage any celebrities listed on this website. SEG acts only as a buyer’s agent for venues, event professionals, companies and organizations to book celebrities for corporate and private events, paid commercials, casino concerts, engagements as well as other various appearances. The celebrities listed on this site are for informational purposes only and are intended as a resource for our clients to provide ideas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Will I need security for my event if I hire a celebrity?

    Yes, the celebrity may require you to hire unarmed police or private esecurity. It depends on the status of the chosen celebrity and the type of event. The artist needs protection and everyone’s reputation is in jeopardy if they are not reasonably protected. Sometimes the celebrity will bring their own bodyguard.

    Will I have to pay for the celebrity’s hotel, travel and food?

    Most of the time the celebrity will expect general food and beverage accommodations for the duration of the event. In more complex bookings, they may want to be fed from the day of arrival to the day of departure. Additionally, hotels and transportation should be provided unless a buyout is included in the offer being submitted before you book a celebrity.

    Will I get my money back after I have hired a celebrity and my event is canceled?

    If your event is canceled sometimes you can receive a refund or a credit toward future or rescheduled performance in the event of a force majeure. Other times the contract has strict cancellation terms that must be adhered to. We help you outline the cancellation terms in the negotiating process. 

    Can I hire a celebrity for an event myself?

    Anyone can hire a celebrity. You will pay more in most cases because an artist can tell if you are not familiar with the process. Always consult with a professional before you book a celebrity yourself. There is a specific process that should be followed.

    Will a celebrity prepare a speech or promote my product at the event?

    The short answer is yes. The celebrity will help promote your product and deliver a speech if that is included in the deal points when we submit the offer. A celebrity may also post the product on their social media. 

    What happens if a celebrity is late to my event?

    Sometimes flights are delayed, it’s the unfortunate part of traveling abroad. As part of the contract process, we help eliminate delays by adding a late-arrival clause that allows you to cancel the performance if an artist is late beyond a certain point. It’s not ideal and it is rarely a concern, but the good news is that you will get your deposit back and you will not be liable for the performer’s final payment.

    Can I pick which songs the celebrity performs at my event?

    You can certainly create a list of songs you want performed. The celebrity will sing or perform all of the chosen songs or as many as reasonably possibly within the appearance time paid for.

    Will a celebrity sing and perform at my private or public event?

    Absolutely, there are some requirements to be aware of if you want a musical performance, however. A celebrity may ask you to fulfill parts of their tour rider, which outlines specific types of equipment needed to execute a live performance.

    Are there any celebrities I cannot hire for my event?

    It depends, some celebrities will avoid certain political affiliations, communities or parties that may be considered a conflict of interest. We will help you determine the potential obstacles before wasting any time.

    Will the celebrity I choose take pictures with my family and friends?

    Yes, the celebrity will take pictures with you and a small group of people assuming you make time for it during their appearance. If you want a celebrity to appear for an hour, set aside 30 minutes of that time for a meet and greet, otherwise the celebrity may not stick around for longer than what’s stated in their contract.

    How much does it cost to hire a celebrity for an event?

    The cost to hire a celebrity can vary from artist to artist. Other determining factors will influence the price as well. The deal points we create on your behalf , the location of your event, and duration of appearance can heavily influence the price of a celebrity booking.

    Can you guarantee the celebrity will be hired for my event?

    In most cases, if the celebrity is available and the offer is strong, we guarantee the chosen celebrity will strongly consider the offer. Sometimes, it makes sense to have a backup plan, however, schedules change and late bookings can be risky. It’s best to have 2-3 celebrities in mind before you start the process, just in case the first is unavailable. 

    When will I have to pay the celebrity to appear at my private or public event?

    Typically an artist will be paid in two separate installments. The first payment is a deposit of 50% which is usually paid thirty to ninety days from the engagement. Sometimes the artist will require a full payment upfront, it depends on the scope of work and the notoriety of the celebrity being considered. The final payment of 50% is paid on the day of the event, unless there is a ticket reconciliation that needs to occur.

    Will the celebrity sign autographs for my team and client?

    Yes, of course. We include signed memorabilia in all of our offers (memorabilia to be provided by the venue or client).

    How long does it take to hire a celebrity for a private or public ticket event?

    It can take as much as three to four months to confirm a celebrity appearance, or two days depending on the deal points, offer and location  of your event. Start the process early – that’s our recommendation. 

    What is the process for hiring a celebrity for a private or ticket event?

    The process includes selecting the artist(s), contacting our agency, then creating deal points to include in an offer sheet. Once you have the details outlined, we can discuss the terms with the artist or manager. After the artist agrees to the deal points, a contract is signed, a deposit is made and the performance will happen before the remaining money is paid to the artist.

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