The Cost Of Living Crisis Reaches Further Than You Think!
We are all acutely aware of the impact of the ‘Cost Of Living Crisis’ we are all currently living through. Everything from mortgages, rent, fuel, light and heating, shopping, and insurance, in fact, EVERYTHING is more expensive.
So What Impact Will This Have On My Event?
To state the obvious, your fees to the venue and all suppliers will rise. Your event will simply cost more.
There is now an additional expense that maybe you didn’t think about!
Already being reported, mainly from DJs in England but I am sure this will spread throughout the UK, is DJs are being invoiced by venues, in advance, for the use of electricity expected to be used during an event. What’s worse is they are being invoiced at a level far higher than the actual cost of what is used.
Now, what the venue seems to forget is that the suppliers to most events are generally contracted by the client, you. What else they appear to forget is, unless they have specifically included a clause in their contract with you, they cannot change the terms of that contract without your approval.
As DJs, we are responsible to you, our client. We have a contract with you and only you. The venue always has the last word when it comes to licencing conditions whether that be regarding timings or noise levels or any other substantial factor, but you are the person we listen to about anything else. If a venue approaches us before an event and asks for a fee towards electricity costs we then simply refer them to you since this has nothing to do with us.
When they contact you then simply state this was not part of your agreement and you don’t agree to any changes in the contract. They cannot change it in any way without your consent. They also cannot cancel your event due to you not agreeing to change the contract, and they know this. Don’t feel pressurised into doing something you do not want to do.
The Honest Way For A Venue To Deal With This
The best, most honest and genuine way for a venue to deal with this is to absorb the cost into the general event costs. Hopefully, this is the way they will go. But in a time when people are taking care of the pennies, they just might go down the route of many other industries. This involves pricing the booking as low as they can in an attempt to get a financial edge on their competitors, then loading up on the extras later.
How To Protect Yourself
Simply make sure everything is included in your quotations before you agree to anything.