The Agent

He or she that facilitates a deal that benefits both the seller and the buyers. Here we are talking about the band that is for sale and the club owner or promoter that is buying the band. Done correctly both parties make some money.

That is in theory but in reality for a new band finding an agent is tough. The club scene was very competitive and for an agent to have steady work for their bands requires club owners that are willing to pay and bands that can draw enough fans to pay for themselves. At this point the agent must be able to maintain the correct balance between all parties involved.

The Scene

Again what we are talking about is when there is a vibrant nightlife and venues to support it. It’s hardly and agent sitting in their office just making calls and plugging in bands to open spots. It wasn’t that. It requires the agent to be out and about on a nightly basis checking on their bands and the clubs they are working in.

At this level a new band was likely to be playing a small club on the weekends. Hopefully they would be working up to playing bigger clubs on a weekly basis. However, the agent is the key here.

A good agent would have some good clubs and always being on the lookout for new talent to work into their established club accounts. For an agent to get to the point where they have work for a lot of bands the agent will have to be good at dealing with club owners that always want good deals on band prices and bands that always want more money! It’s a fine dance that a good agent can master and hopefully their bands can dance that dance with them!

Next we’ll take a look at the bands first big break.


Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!” He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked. I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online. However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels. So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!