What is the process of hiring a band?
Every event is different and we treat each client’s needs differently. We begin by discussing the type of music you’re looking for, the type of event, the nature of your guests and audience, and your budget. Based these criteria we send you information such as demo CDs, videos, photos, bios, song lists on several appropriate bands. Most of this information is also available through this website. In addition, we can often provide references and a chance to see the band perform live. We will answer your questions, offer advice, and guide you through the entire process. Once you've decided on a band, we will negotiate with the band to get YOU the best price. Once a price is agreed upon, we issue contracts. You’ll sign and return the contracts along with an advance deposit. Once the artist has returned the contracts a completed copy is mailed to you and the show is officially booked.
How far in advance should I book a band?
Generally 3 to 6 months in advance. For weddings and holiday parties, 12 months is recommended. As with most things, the sooner the better. Waiting longer generally means that fewer acts will be available. However, last minute situations do arise, and we often set up shows with just a few days notice.
Why should I work with an agency to book a band?
There are several advantages to using a talent agency. An agency will offer you a wider variety of acts than you can find on your own. Also, agents have years of experience helping clients pick the perfect band for their event and we only work with proven dependable acts. In addition, each show is guaranteed with professional contracts which reduces miscommunication and virtually eliminates cancellations. Some buyers express a concern that working with an agency means they will pay more for the band; while we do earn commission on each show, we tend to get bands at better prices because we deal with them regularly and know how much they typically get paid (as opposed to what they will quote to an inexperienced buyer such as a wedding client, festival or corporate client.) This actually saves you money in the end.
Why choose the J Todd Music Agency to book a band?
Most other agencies represent BANDS. We consider YOU our main client, and our job is to get YOU the best talent at the lowest price. Our job is NOT to make the bands more money. In addition, you'll get more personalized attention working us than with larger corporate agencies. We take pride in getting to know each of our clients and helping you book a band that matches the needs for your event.
What is sound/production? PA? Do I need it and how do I get it?
This refers to the sound system (and often lights) needed for a band to perform a show. In most cases, bands bring their own sound systems and lights. If not we have an extensive network of sound production companies we can arrange for your show.
The prices we quote you will be all inclusive.
What regions does The J Todd Music Agency serve?
We typically arrange shows in the Midwest with a large concentration in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. While the bands we work with come from all over the country, most are based within this region as well. If you are outside of this region, please call us to discuss your specific event.
How much does it cost to book a band?
We have worked with hundreds of bands in all price ranges. For a great party or wedding band, you can expect to pay something in the $500-5000 range. The actual price depends on a number of factors such as the date of the event, location, travel, and production requirements.
What if I can't find a certain act on this site?
There are many acts we work with that are not listed on this site. Drop us an email or give us a call at (913) 766-6638. Chances are we work with or can find the act you're interested in.