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Form NameVic Firth Application
Form Length7 pages
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Avg. time to fill out1 min 45 sec
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ARTIST RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in Vic Firth Company.

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.

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.

In such a relationship each party benefits from something:

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.

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 Websites i.e. Facebook, YouTube, MySpace 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)

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Teaching credentials from major university or education systems

Major influence on drummers in a specific genre of music

 

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ARTIST RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

SO, HOW DOES ONE GET AN ENDORSEMENT FROM VIC FIRTH?

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.

1)Popularity. As listed above a drummer’s popularity is essential. How much will that particular drummer influence the buying public?

2)Vic Firth Player. Does the drummer already play Vic Sticks? We love signing people who truly believe in our sticks/mallets and have already chosen Vic to represent the tools to make their music. There is nothing more respected than to 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.

3)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 that the longevity in which most artists have been with Vic and this is a testament to that personal touch.

4)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.

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65 SPRAGUE STREET, BOSTON, MA. 02136 TEL: 617-364-6869 WWW.VICFIRTH.COM

ARTIST RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

I’M READY !

If you feel you do meet the criteria of what we are looking for, please print out and complete the below VF application. 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 package are not accepted.

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

Boston/Dedham Commerce Park.

65 Sprague Street

Boston, MA 02136

Thanks for spending 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

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65 SPRAGUE STREET, BOSTON, MA. 02136 TEL: 617-364-6869 WWW.VICFIRTH.COM

ARTIST RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

Please Type When at all 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: ______________________________________________________

 

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:

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Performer: ________% + Educator: ________% = 100%

 

 

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ARTIST RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

IMPRESSIONS & IMPACTS

Social Media

Please provide your following Social Media information. If you are in various groups please use your primary group’s information:

Facebook address: _________________________________________________________

Total Facebook Likes: __________________________

Total Facebook Friends: __________________________

YouTube Channel address: ____________________________________________________

Total YouTube Channel Views: ___________________

Other Social Media (i.e. BandCamp, SoundCloud etc):

__________________________________________________________________________

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:

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ARTIST RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

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:______________________________________________________________________

Drum Equipment Manager Contact

Name (first): _________________________ (last): ___________________________

Cell:______________________________________________________________________

E-mail:____________________________________________________________________

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65 SPRAGUE STREET, BOSTON, MA. 02136 TEL: 617-364-6869 WWW.VICFIRTH.COM

ARTIST RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

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:_______________________________________________________________

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:

NOTE: Your materials will not be returned. We will respond to you vie e-mail or post

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