CME's UK Tour Fall 2010

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Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to submit to CME's Fall UK Tour in 2010. 1-3 slots are available for Sonicbids members. Within the UK all travel, accommodation, work permits and more are provided, as well as per diems of £10 per musician.

If you are a finalist for any one of CME’s events, you will be included on their roster. If you become a top 10% finalist, you will be offered a free application for any other CME events.

/n/nCME Artist Services has been organizing and promoting musical tours in the UK since 2000 and has built up a consistent reputation on the live music circuit of the UK.

The tour runs from the last week of September through the first weekend of October and is open to all secular genres of original music from all nationalities. There are now 1-3 performance slots available for online Sonicbids applicants. CME primarily books music pubs, clubs, Arts Council funded venues and workshops and this tour acts as an excellent introduction to the UK touring base. School workshops are hosted as part of our larger goal of passing on great music to a younger generation.

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Acts selected for CME’s events have had little difficulty in returning to the UK for their own tours (Big Baby Ernie from New Jersey, Wabash Cannonballs from Chicago, Cafebar 401 from Holland, Gandhi from Costa Rica, Ghettobillies from Detroit to name a few).

Sponsors and partners include: The English Art's Council, One Planet Festival, and the UK band the Convulsions.

Within the UK all travel, accommodation, a minimum of one daily meal, promotion, and work permits are provided by CMEAS, CMEAS partners, and the venues themselves. We also provide all the amps, drums (not snare and cymbals) and backline PA.

Artists will receive a per diem of £10 per musician. This amount can be increased if tour costs are covered and there is a remainder from show income. This profit will be split 50:50 between the artists and CME Artist Services. Any profits we make are then reinvested into the company (new equipment, vehicle maintenance etc).

Artists can further increase their personal revenue by retaining 100% of the sales of their CDs and other merchandise. CDs in the UK typically sell for around $7 - $15 each depending on whether LP or EP length.

There are no age requirements or limits for this event, though individuals under the age of 18 will not be permitted to drink alcohol at any of the venues on the tour (the drinking age in the UK is 18) and must supply a signed letter of permission from a parent or legal guardian allowing them to take part in this event. Participants will need a valid passport for travel to the UK and may need a visa too, unless you are Commonwealth, US/Canadian or EU citizens. Work permits are provided by CMEAS but if you need a visa you have to apply for that in person through your country’s embassy.

The tour date for 2010 are as follows:

  • 24-Sept-10 - Fri - Palladium Club – Bideford (England)

  • 25-Sept-10 - Sat - Patriots MC – Newport (Wales)

  • 26-Sept-10 - Sun - Coopers – Pewsey (England)

  • 27-Sept-10 - Mon - Bell – Bath (England)

  • 28-Sept-10 - Tue - Sun Hotel – Lancaster (England)

  • 29-Sept-10 - Wed - Workshop – Blackpool (England)

  • 30-Sept-10 - Thu - Victoria Hotel – Largs (Scotland)

  • 1-Oct-10 - Fri – Aspinall Arms – Mitton (England)

  • 2-Oct-10 - Sat - One Planet Festival – Lancaster (England)

If you are a finalist for any one of CME's events, you will be included on their roster. If you become a top 10% finalist, you will be offered a free application for any other CME events.

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Terms And Conditions

CME Artist Services expect all individuals taking part on this tour to respect the laws governing the UK and the regulations posted at any venues in which they perform.

CMEAS will not be held responsible for the well-being or otherwise of individuals who do not abide by UK laws.

Furthermore, artists that abuse the hospitality of any of the venues we book will not be asked back and may find their fees confiscated to reimburse the venue for damages.

All of the venues on this tour provide alcoholic beverages (apart from the schools). While no one in CMEAS is averse to a good pint of ale (we love it actually) we see no reason to condone poor behaviour of those who can't hold their liquor.

Other than that warning (and in 9 years we have been fortunate indeed in the overall good nature of almost all of our participants) this tour is as much about enjoying playing in a friendly and diverse country and making friends as it is about creating a lasting gig base for yourselves in the UK.