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Four agents join UK’s Midnight Mango

UK booking agency Midnight Mango has announced the hiring of four booking agents as part of its agent freelancer platform.

Launched last year, the agent freelancer platform aims to bring new agents to the company on a freelance basis, supporting them financially through the volatile coronavirus period while allowing them to retain control over their rosters and income. Midnight Mango raised money through crowdfunding, Arts Council England grants and new company investment to create a ‘lockdown fund’ it is using to fund new entrants to the platform.

Rich Potter from the Mojo Hobo Agency, Al Hardwicke of ACMA Bookings, Louise McGovern, formerly of DHP Family, and Holy Moly and the Crackers singer Conrad Bird are the latest additions to the Midnight Mango team, bringing acts including the Maytals Band, Izzy Walsh, Hang Massive and Riot Jazz Brand.

“It has been a real pleasure to work with our new agents as we train them up and integrate them into the way we work”

The agency, which has offices in London and Glastonbury, now represents more than 100 artists across its staff of ten, which are based in London, Somerset, Leicester, Newcastle, Ireland and the Czech Republic.

“The last three months has been really exciting at Midnight Mango. It has been a real pleasure to work with our new agents as we train them up and integrate them into the way we work,” says managing director Matt Bartlett.

“We are renowned for being an approachable agency that really cares about all the people we work with, so it’s been really great to introduce our new agents as we continue to raise the profile of Midnight Mango.”

 


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Midnight Mango aims to raise 10k for booking agents

International live booking agency Midnight Mango is aiming to fund work opportunities for booking agents through the sales of a new crowdfunded compilation album.

The agency is aiming to raise up to £10,000 for agents who are not receiving any income due to the current lack of shows via donations from a 10-track vinyl which includes UK acts such as The Dead South and Amy Montgomery.

The company’s managing director, Matt Bartlett says that the booking agents who help to make the live music scene happen are bearing the brunt of the shutdown.

“There’s still a lot of work for booking agents at the moment, what with booking shows for the future and rescheduling events but at the same time there’s zero money coming in to pay the bills,” says Bartlett.

“There’s still a lot of work for booking agents at the moment but at the same time there’s zero money coming in”

The statement on the fundraising page notes that: “All the government schemes to date require workers to stop working to claim. This doesn’t work for agents – the work they do now creates revenue 6–12 months in the future. They need to keep working.”

Bartlett says the agency will seek to address the “acute cashflow crisis” by employing booking agents on a freelance basis (funded by album sales) that will allow them to keep working until the situation improves.

The crowdfunder has already raised over £3,000 in donations from the sale of the compilation album – titled Lockdown Songs – as well as other ‘rewards’. Midnight Mango has pledged to match every pound up to the £5,000 target, bringing the total target to £10,000.

The agency’s other charitable pursuits include raising lottery grant funding through Arts Council England to present socially distanced shows at grassroots venue, Bath Komedia – providing paid work for artists, crew, promoters, venues and other professionals.

You can donate to the Midnight Mango Lockdown Fund for live music booking agents here.

 


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