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Jul 17, 2014 09:36 |  #1

I've recently agreed with an artist to photograph their performance at a venue in Chicago. My question is does the artist inform the venue of who they will have photographing them or do I need to contact the venue to receive permission to photograph the artist? Thanks for any assistance.


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Jul 17, 2014 09:49 |  #2

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I've recently agreed with an artist to photograph their performance at a venue in Chicago. My question is does the artist inform the venue of who they will have photographing them or do I need to contact the venue to receive permission to photograph the artist? Thanks for any assistance.

The artist generally leaves a media/photo pass for you at will call.


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Jul 17, 2014 09:57 |  #3

Ok, thank you xchangx.


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Jul 17, 2014 10:28 |  #4

Or the promoter controls everything.

Just like in your relationship with the artist, there should be a written agreement between the artist and the promoter/venue/other random intermediary. In THAT agreement it will be outlines whether or not the artists's people have any rights.


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Jul 17, 2014 14:23 |  #5

If it's a bar sized venue, it may just involve being put on the guest list at the door.

If it's a larger venue with a promoter etc... you may want to confirm a few days prior to arriving; recently watched a very disappointed photographer leave an arena show empty handed (or empty camera, I suppose) after he had arranged with a band's manager to shoot the show, only to be over-ruled by the band's PR person and promoter - large touring acts have multiple cogs in the wheels and media access is generally controlled through PR firms. Also, the venue media person will have an approved list in hand, if yer not on it you won't get in, regardless of how many emails you have from the 'manager' who is not likely there to vouch for you!


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Jul 17, 2014 18:03 |  #6

Thanks for all of the info. The venue is a small bar/nightclub in Chicago. The show includes multiple acts but I will only be photographing one of them. The artist I'm working with pretty much books all of their own events so I have been dealing directly with the artist. I have not contacted the venue yet.


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Jul 17, 2014 23:01 |  #7

Britania757 wrote in post #17038196 (external link)
Thanks for all of the info. The venue is a small bar/nightclub in Chicago. The show includes multiple acts but I will only be photographing one of them. The artist I'm working with pretty much books all of their own events so I have been dealing directly with the artist. I have not contacted the venue yet.

Venue is your first call. In a previous life (how many previous lives have I had? Too many) I worked operations for a promoter in town. Just because it's a small venue/bar/nightclub doesn't mean that they aren't being run by a larger operation. In my case we ran everything from small clubs to, at the time, the largest non-arena concert venue in the area. That doesn't even start to include the fact that we were tied in to both South By Southwest and ACL. Some random Media credential wasn't going to get anyone in. I had an MTV shooter try to take my head off with a camera (popped a flash in my eyes and then swung his camera at me) when I wouldn't give him pit access at a small venue with his media laminate.


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Jul 18, 2014 10:57 |  #8

Thanks for the info, Fernando. In that case I'll contact the venue and see what they say.


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Jul 18, 2014 17:56 |  #9

Fernando wrote in post #17038765 (external link)
.... I had an MTV shooter try to take my head off with a camera (popped a flash in my eyes and then swung his camera at me) when I wouldn't give him pit access at a small venue with his media laminate.

You've just reinforced my opinion of MTV. (I can't figure out what the "M" stands for anymore).

In any case Britania, post up some photos after your gig (if you're allowed to).




  
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Jul 21, 2014 16:23 |  #10

Will do Groundloop. I've sent an email to the person at the club who deals with these types of things and now I'm just waiting for a response. I have no idea how busy the guy is or if he even checks his emails so I'm not really counting on a response.


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Jul 24, 2014 16:22 |  #11

I just got an email from the venue stating that I have been given the ok to photograph the show. Definitely good news as I was a little nervous that they would say no.


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