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A series of articles about all facets of event planning with helpful hints, planning ideas, sample schedules and budgeting tips from the B&E Team.

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Hiring A Professional Musician

Musicians For EventsLive music sets the stage: Live music adds to any event. Depending on the size and formality of your event, you can choose to have the soft background music of an individual pianist or string quartet, or make a pronouncement with trumpeters or a brass quartet, even bagpipes.

Setup requirements: The formality, facility and size of your event will determine the type of music that is appropriate. Be very specific about getting the space and electrical requirements from your musicians so you can accurately relay the information to your contact person at the facility.

Be creative with your selection of music: Selecting your music can be a lot of fun. If you can't decide what you want, talk with some of the musicians or entertainment consultants, listen to their demo tapes and review their song lists. Musicians and entertainment consultants can be very helpful and will gladly offer ideas and suggestions to make your event unique.

Contracts: Any time you book entertainment, be sure to get a contract that covers exactly what you are expecting them to do. Be clear about the times you want them to perform and how you want them to interact with your guests.

Note: Before you make arrangements for music and entertainment, check with your facility about restrictions (like cut-off times).