PERCUSSION MICROPHONES Endorsement
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artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com Dear Applicant, There is a good chance that you’ve downloaded this application because you are interested in an endorsement with Vic Firth. Before you get into the business of completing the application, we thought it might be a good idea to explain why we do or do not sign an artist into our family. What an endorsement means By its basic definition, an “endorsement” means an artist fully commits to and swears by a particular company/product. In other words, that company’s product is the best and only product that the artist wants to play or use. The artist endorses the company, not the other way around. From a business stand point; a manufacturer (like Vic Firth) acknowledges the endorsement because that artist is popular enough to influence many consumers. The manufacturer makes the relationship official by signing the artist, so that the buying public is made aware of that connection. The idea being that when that relationship is made known to the artist’s fans it will influence them to buy more of the same products the artist chooses to play. “ “ ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION Thank you for your interest in Vic Firth Company. ASK NOT WHAT A DRUM COMPANY CAN DO FOR YOU. ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE DRUM COMPANY. Matt Greiner, AUGUST BURNS RED Page 2 artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com Mutually Beneficial In such a relationship each party benefits from something: • The manufacturer sees an increase in sales due to the additional exposure the artist gives the brand and the consumers he/she influences. Here are some of the considerations for most endorsements: • Excessive amount of hits on a social media platform i.e. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc • CD/Record Sales approaching decent amounts for a particular genre • Television, studio, movie and video credits • Participation in high visibility tours • Other Endorsements (such as drum set, cymbals, heads, etc.) • Teaching credentials from major university or education systems • Major influence on drummers in a specific genre of music “ “ ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION • The artist receives professional equipment that he/she believes is the best in supporting or representing his/her musical voice. In addition, they receive the support needed in all relative circumstances. WHEN THE COMPANY WHOSE PRODUCT YOU BELIEVE IN ALSO BELIEVES IN YOU AND YOUR MUSIC, THAT IS MAGIC. THAT’S MY RELATIONSHIP WITH VIC. Page 3 Adam Breeze, Raven Eye artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com So how does one get a Vic Firth endorsement? • Personality. Each and every Vic Firth artist has their own personality, but we are truly a family. It’s important that each artist signed knows that it is about the relationship. VF offers the best artist service in the business. This is because we understand the importance of an artist getting the best tools to make his/her music. In return we only ask that the artist understand that we exist for not just one artist, but many. We work as a family. Yes it is business, but it’s also very personal. It is impossible for it not to be, when you are dealing with any art, but especially music. Looking at the current roster you can see the longevity in which most artists have been with Vic, and this is a testament to that personal touch. • Exposure. As listed earlier, a drummer’s popularity is essential. How much will that particular drummer influence the buying public? “ “ ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION In addition to the points previously listed, we look a little more into each artist. Receiving a Vic Firth endorsement is basically being accepted into our family. We take great pride in our roster and are very selective about who we allow in. AS A SERIOUS MUSICIAN, YOUR SOUND IS PARAMOUNT. IT IS VITAL TO FIND THE COMPANIES THAT HAVE PRODUCTS THAT WORK FOR YOU AND REPRESENT YOUR MUSIC AUTHENTICALLY. FOR ME, THE STICKS ARE ESSENTIAL TO UNLOCKING MY VOICE ON THE INSTRUMENT. WITHOUT THE STICKS - NOTHING ELSE CAN SPEAK. Karriem Riggins, Diana Krall, Common Page 4 artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com • Talent. We believe in the quality of the many talents we have on our roster. We stand behind our roster and their abilities. We have both legends and future legends on our roster because of just that. Now that you have a little more of an idea of how we see things regarding endorsements, you can better determine whether you fit into that description. Maybe you do or maybe you will someday. Timing is everything in this world we call drumming. Be honest with yourself and if now is not the time then consider waiting to apply when it is. In the meantime, be true to your convictions and keep playing Vic for all the reasons you are seeking an endorsement. “ “ ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION • Loyalty. Does the drummer already play Vic Sticks? We love signing people who truly believe in our sticks/mallets and have already chosen Vic to make their music. Nothing is more respected than when we hear that a drummer turned down another endorsement offer because they would rather play and/or wait for an opening with the Vic Firth family. PUT YOUR ENERGY INTO BECOMING THE BEST MUSICIAN YOU CAN BE AND IN TIME YOU’LL DEVELOP THE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE BRANDS YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN. Page 5 Ray Luzier, KORN artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com I’m Ready ! Please include a press kit that contains a bio/photo, articles from major publications (i.e. Billboard, R&R etc), a recording (CD/DVD) and/or video/DVD that best represents your playing. Please MAIL (no e-packs please) all information to the following address: Vic Firth Company Attn: Artist Relations Dept. - APPLICATION 22 Longwater Drive Norwell, MA 02061 Thanks for taking the time to read this letter and complete this application. Maybe we will be working together someday. Best wishes to you and your drumming career, “ Joe Testa Director of Artist Relations Vic Firth Company “ ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION If you feel you meet the criteria of what we are looking for, please complete and print out the VF application on the following pages. It is not a contract or agreement and serves only to begin a potential artist relationship with VF. Please keep in mind that incomplete applications will not be considered. E-mail packages are not accepted. ENDORSING ANY COMPANY HAS TO BE BASED ON A SINCERE RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT ONLY BRINGING WHAT THEY CREATE INTO YOUR MUSICAL FAMILY, BUT WHAT THEY REPRESENT AS WELL. IT IS NOT A RELATIONSHIP FOCUSED AROUND GAINING FREE GEAR. IT IS ABOUT BELIEVING IN SOMETHING ENOUGH WHERE YOU WOULD CHOOSE TO PURCHASE THE PRODUCTS BECAUSE THEY EMBODY THE POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXPRESSING MUSICALLY. YOU ENHANCE THEIR BRAND, THEY ENHANCE YOURS. Eric Harland, Voyager Page 6 Photo: Jonathan Ulman artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com Please type whenever possible OVERVIEW Personal Name (first): (last): Address (street/apt#/city/state/zip): Country: Phone: Cell: E-mail: Date of Birth: Musical Affiliations Current Group or Affiliation: How long have you been with this group?: Status within the group: Touring Member? Y N Recording Member? Y N Former Groups: Educational background: overview Type of Player Do you consider yourself a drum set player or percussionist? Do you consider yourself more of a performer or educator? Please use percentages (100% being the total) to describe your total time as a musician: Performer: % + Educator: % = 100% Page 7 artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com IMPRESSIONS & IMPACTS Please provide your following Social Media information. If you are in various groups please use your primary group’s information: YouTube Channel address: YouTube Channel Total Views: Instagram Handle: impressions & impacts Instagram Total Likes: Spotify Band Name: Spotify Total Listens: BandCamp URL: BandCamp Stats: Facebook address: Facebook Total Likes: Facebook Total Friends: Other Social Media (SoundCloud etc): Page 8 artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com HISTORY & RECOMMENDATIONS HISTORY & RECOMMENDATIONS Recording History Please list three recordings you have performed on that best represents your playing: List Title, Artist, Year Released and how many Units Sold year to date: Touring History Please list the three most recent tours you played on: Specify Headliner or Opening Status?, Size of Venues, Size of Average Crowd: Recommendations Please list the names and email addresses of any contacts that would recommend you for an artist association with Vic Firth: Page 9 artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com ENDORSEMENT ?UESTIONS Endorsements Please list all companies you have a current and official endorsement with: Include the Company name, Type of Endorsement and Contact Person for each. Cymbals: Drums: Heads: ENDORSEMENT ?UESTIONS Percussion: Microphones: Are you currently seeking an endorsement with any other stick company? Y N If so, who? Why? Do you currently play VF and if so which model? If an endorsement with VF did not work out at this time would you continue to play VF sticks? Y N Please explain why you would like to become a Vic Firth artist: Page 10 artist relations department 22 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 • Tel: 617-364-6869 • www.vicfirth.com CONTACTS Current Management Contacts Management Company Name : Contact Name: Phone #: E-mail: Address (street/apt#/city/state/zip): Web: Current Record Label Contacts Label Name: Contact Name: Phone #: E-mail : Address (street/apt#/city/state/zip): Web: CONTACTS Drum Equipment Manager Contact Name (first): (last): Cell: E-mail: NOTE: It is only necessary to print and submit pages 7-11 of this application. Keep in mind that the materials you send with the application will not be returned. We will respond to you via e-mail or post. Page 11
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