Talent Buying for Festivals and Fairs

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Entertainment for Festivals & Fairs

Seattle Entertainment Group understands that talent buying and artist relations are synonymous. We especially believe this to be true if you are the premiere tribal talent buying agency for festivals and fairs. Our approach to putting the artist first not only sets us apart from the other talent agencies, it helps our entertainment group stay top of mind when the artist relations team is working with your favorite band. If there are competing offers, we know the band will choose to work the talent buyer or venue they had the best experience with previously.

6 Steps to Being a Talent Buyer

Before we elaborate on what it takes to book an artist for a festival, let’s take a step back and look at what it takes to just be an entertainment buyer alone. Below are six of the most important things you must do if you want to be a buyer and operate a successful talent buying agency:

  1. Research, understand and have in depth knowledge of the music scene in their market
  2. Negotiate performance fees and contracts
  3. Execute contracts and pay the artist 
  4. Develop, maintain and quantify annual budgets
  5. Sift through and reply to hundreds or even thousands of emails a week
  6. Maintain accurate performance calendars

It Takes a Professional to Run A Smooth Festival

Expect to add another dozen items to your list if you want to hire a band for a festival. Don’t forget, many celebrities and bands do not want to sit outside in a tent. Additionally, if your a cool band you may not want to perform at just any festival. These kinds of challenges require solutions that only a skilled entertainment buyer can produce.

Seattle Entertainment Group knows how to create and submit strong offers with enticing deal points that can often alter event he most stubborn artist or agents mind. Sometimes there is nothing the entertainment buyer can do to confirm the date, but with SEG the agent at least knows we have the details ironed out. And it will always be easier to convince the band they will be taken care of if the agent truly believes we’ll have the artists best interest, not just ours.

Famous Bands We Book

Some of our favorite festival acts include groups like: Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin experience, Profits of Rage, Uncle Cracker, The Isley Brothers, Kool and The Gang, Wynonna, Darius Rucker, and Morris Day. Submit your request for an available artist list through our contact page. 

How to work with us

If you are looking to hire a band for a festival or fair take the next step and call our talent buying agency first. We offer a no charge entertainment program analysis and typically have results within a week. Email us to schedule your hassle free consultation. After we outline your requirements and discuss your talent buying needs, we can provide pricing and a scope of work document for a single event or annual exclusive agreement for recurring events. We believe in the power of networking, especially with native entities and native communities. We’re a local Talent buying agency with national and international momentum. Our team and vendors work together seamlessly and all of our production partners have a good reputation in indian country. 

Technical services we offer

  • Providing talent such as; musicians, live DJs, comedians TV personalities, vegas acts and magicians
  • Production Management
  • In house ticketing – we can help you eliminate expensive ticketmaster contracts
  • Train PoS staff and Box Office personnel
  • Stationary and mobile stages
  • Specialized labor for concerts and private events
  • Hospitality management and rider fulfilment
  • Entertainment Program analysis
  • Entire entertainment programs
  • Audio Video design
  • Lighting and Audio mixing console rentals

What Can Make It More Expensive?

When you have multiple venues or a network of talent buyers who use similar gear, the cost of renting equipment goes down. The cost also significantly decreases if you know the fair market value and operate above board as an entertainment buyer.

Pro Tip: If your talent buyer is sourcing production services for your venue but is not requesting multiple bids, you are probably paying inflated prices. For most entertainment programs a 5-10% mark up is to be expected when paying someone to provide production management services, and if you have the right talent buying agency you’ll be saving up to 50% by not getting ripped off.

Aside from savings, many properties want outside help with production for recurring events because of the stability and consistency. It is also easier for a director or entertainment manager to manage.

Our production planning allows you to sleep at night, and offers the artists/talent agencies peace of mind. Our least experienced team member has over 6 years of technical production planning and onsite coordination.

We owe some of our success to our favorite production partners:


Engineering the experience

Established in 2001, Promosa has been producing events for almost two decades.Promosa specializes in large format LED walls, HD Video & IMAG, and Concert Lighting.With assets across Canada and throughout Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, CA) , we are currently involved in more than 1,000 events per year.

Website: promosa.com
Tel: (206) 419 9935
Email: [email protected]
4718 B Street NW Building C
Auburn, WA United States

Ticketforce (Now Etix)

Known for working with festivals and fairs and for being faster and friendlier than their bigger slower competitors. Ticketforce has recently been acquired by Etix. Their online self service platform has saved our talent buying agency and casinos we’ve worked with hundreds of thousand of dollars. More about the company merger and both sites below:

Website: ticketforce.com
Tel:(866) 726-3581
Email: [email protected]

Email:[email protected]


Agility AVL

A full service labor, production and backline company

Agility has the ability to provide incredible experiences using audio video, lighting and other special effects. We have used Agility as an exclusive production partner for concerts, amphitheatre/venue builds and private events. You can see their complete list of services by clicking on their link below:

Website: agilityavl.com
Tel: 702-444-0557
4005 W. Reno Ave, Suite D
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Back Stage Electric

BackStage Electric is a family owned and operated mobile staging and electrical service company. Since 1990, they have provided mobile stage solutions, labor and mastery electrician services for thousands of  outdoor events throughout the country. They are fully licensed, bonded and insured. BackStage Electric services Seattle, Spokane, Kennewick, Pasco, Yakima, Portland, Las Angles, San Francisco, Hood River, Redding, Medford, Pendleton, Boise, Billings and more.

Website: backstageelectric.com
Tel: (509)930-0280    
Email: [email protected]


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