CME Artist Services Presents: 6th Annual UK Tour 2006!

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CME Artist Services' 6th Annual UK October Tour 2006 books international music acts of all genres, nationality, and ages in a series of 16 paid performances over two weeks in October in some of England, Wales and Scotland’s' top music clubs and pubs. Locations vary and include the music Mecca’s of Bristol, Leeds and London, the remote corners of darkest Wiltshire, the English Lake District, and haunted islands off the Highlands of Scotland.

CMEAS also puts on at least two paid High School workshop performances supported by the English Arts' Council and opening up superb opportunities for musicians interested in tutoring in the UK.

In addition to performances, CMEAS also offers a professional live audio performance-recording opportunities (Palladium Club in Devon) while on tour. Through a partnership with TVMJ Productions, acts will have the opportunity to have their performances professionally videoed, to also produce a professional video with the UK tour as a backdrop, and to video parts of the tour themselves with a camera freely loaned by TVMJ.

A video clip from last year’s tour is available at:

CMEAS events are unusual in that as well as performances there will be an emphasis on showing bands some of Britain's historic landmarks, including a day trip to London (that can also be used for video purposes), various Cathedrals, and lots of superb old pubs. CMEAS will introduce international acts, not just to the history, but also to British architecture, diverse landscapes and geography, excellent beer (of course), surprisingly superb cuisine (really), weird customs, and stranger folks who populate the UK and support great music in the excellent and packed music venues.

Acts should write most of their own material, be masterful at their craft and although all genres are considered, the British palette prefers upbeat to ballad. There are now 3-4 performance slots available for online Sonicbids applicants. Even if you do not make the final selection, acts that pass our peer review will receive free assistance in booking in the UK.

Most CMEAS participants go on to establish their own touring base in the UK as a direct result of their involvement with CMEAS.

Successful applicants will share a full back line provided by CMEAS. The sponsors cover minibus rental. Gig guarantees will provide artists with monetary compensation while merchandising of a compilation CD will help cover out of pocket expenses (such as diesel for the bus). A specific act’s income from their own CDs sales and merchandising is completely theirs. Performance DVD sales will benefit all parties. Accommodation in the UK is provided by CMEAS’ philanthropic network of friends, UK musicians, and the venues themselves.

Event sponsors include Sonicbids, NEMO, International Song Writing Contest (ISC), TVMJ Productions, and Goose Island Brewery.

The tour schedule comprises gigs in London, Colchester, Bristol, Lancaster, Leeds, Westonsupermare, Swindon, Isle of Arran, English Lake District, Bath, Bideford, Blackpool, Kirby Lonsdale, Pewsey and more.

Applicants will be notified within two months of submission whether they have passed the initial screening. Those that do will be peer reviewed by past CMEAS musicians, music advisors, and promoters. Final selection will take place by July 31st. All artists that are accepted will be notified by July 31st. Passport information, where relevant, and material for inclusion on the compilation CD must be received no later than August 15th.

Again, artists that pass the first peer review but do not make the final selection will still qualify for help in booking their own shows in the UK. Please note: Selected artists will need a valid passport, should expect to abide by the country's laws, are expected to be ambassadors for their country, should have no prior criminal convictions in the last 7 years (work permit thing – DUI’s are permitted, we just won’t let you drive) and if you’re allergic to real ale you might not want to apply. Artists under the age of 18 will need to provide CMEAS with written permission from parents or legal guardians allowing them to take part in this event and will not be permitted to drink alcoholic beverages in the performance venues under British law (the drinking age in the UK is 18).