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Fall 2001

I love autumn. Summer is my totally nutzoid time, but then the fall comes and things slow down, I can get my breath, take in some of that crisp northwest breeze, wonder at the colors, and reflect on the year gone by.
And what a year it's been. We had our usual healthy growth, a semi-anticipated production boom, and some rather large pieces of biz that may or may not repeat in the future.

It looks like this year the millennial foolishness has subsided. I think all the greed hurt more than it helped, but it helped all of us a bit. Any lessons learned? I hope so.

Nobody ever complains that we're getting him or her too much work, but we get satisfactory marks for the way we handle the business we do together. What always interests me is how we can do better together. I realize that Entertainment Resources, Inc. accounts for a small portion of your total workload. What keeps me engaged is the prospect of doing better: finding you buyers who wouldn't have otherwise found or considered you, making sure buyers understand how to present you, making sure you understand what the buyer needs from you. If you haven't reviewed it lately, I'd like to suggest you go to the ER web site and review "The Fine Print." I welcome the opportunity to chat with you occasionally on how we can do better work together. - Chuck Kruger

 ER Staff Stuff…
With both kids driving, Dot O'Donnell has to hitchhike to work from Camden to Thomaston. If you're in the midcoast and see a sharp-looking executive type with her thumb out on Rt. 1, consider giving her a lift! … Stacie Mariano is adjusting well to the rural life, married to her husband Joe, who Stacie claims is a true domestic goddess and a pretty good gardener. We assume that when she's talking about his "can" that she's referring to all the veggies they're preserving… Caleb Winslow is off to University of Maine, but promises to continue to help out when he can on the web site and for production events… We welcome Mark Strong to our staff! Mark is a graduate of George's Valley High School and is a gifted DJ and recording producer… Phil Clement went to guitar camp in Connecticut with son Sam this summer … Mak Wolven travels to Holland this Fall on matters of the heart … Mike Burd worked some events with us this year. His services for us transcend multi-tasking … Chuck Kruger is serving as Chairman of the Contemporary Artist Development Committee of the Maine Arts Commission. He has snuck out of music retirement for three events this year. One was a surprise 50th birthday for a good friend (this gig also featured Dave Mallett, Rob Coffin, Mike Burd, Phil Clement, and Sam Smith) in February; another was a command performance at The Blaine House in May, hosted by Maine's First Lady Mary Herman.… And last and also least is young Marley, a kitten who has joined Nina the Golden Retreiver as a greeter in the office.

Advice For Artists: How to be a respected Pro

Think of each buyer as your best customer.
Think of each gig as an opportunity to advance your career.
Arrive ½ hour early. Some clients say that if you get there when you're supposed to, you're late.
Be completely ready to start 15-30 minutes before the agreed time.
Be willing to gladly perform an extra 20 minutes more than you contracted for.
Eat before you arrive. Never assume you are to be fed by the buyer. Chances are they are paying serious coin for each meal served. You had to eat anyway.
Don't drink alcoholic beverages while on the job. Ever.
Think of your gig as a partnership with the buyer. The more each party brings to the show, the better it is.
Talk to the buyer a few weeks before the gig to review arrival time, set-up time, start time, and other logistical details.
Offer to provide recorded music during your breaks, well matched to the occasion.

Advice For Artists: How to be a total jerk (who's hard to book)

Believe that all you really have to do comes down to just 2 things:
  A) Get the next gig, and
  B) Show up. Everything else is up to the buyer.

It's okay to get there just before you're supposed to go on.
If you have a great crowd, congratulate yourself.
If you have a lousy crowd, blame the buyer.
Be at the beginning of the line at the buffet, and make sure to get your seconds before some guests get their firsts. Don't ever let your set times interfere with your meal.
Play shorter sets than expected.
Take long breaks.
Drink a lot. Hey, it's free.
Make sure several different people get a chance to attend to your every need. They have nothing better to do.
Ignore the moods of the guests. Play whatever you feel like playing.
If you screw up, just remember that you're an artist who goes by your own set of rules, which are subject to change.
If someone else screws up, get mad.

Fun quotes (courtesy of

"I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve." -- Xavier Cugat
"[Musicians] talk of nothing but money and jobs. Give me businessmen every time. They really are interested in music and art." -- Jean Sibelius, explaining why he rarely invited musicians to his home.
"The amount of money one needs is terrifying..." -- Ludwig van Beethoven
"Only become a musician if there is absolutely no other way you can make a living." -- Kirke Mecham
"Chaos is a friend of mine." -- Bob Dylan
"There is nothing more difficult than talking about music." -- Camille Saint-Saens
"I am not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet." -- Niccolo Paganini
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Phone: 207-354-8928 Fax: 207-354-0128

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