Complex civil litigation when performers back out of contracts

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2018 | Civil Litigation

Concert and event promoters carry a significant amount of responsibility. In addition to lining up acts for their events, the promoters must advertise the events and ensure everything is in place on the date of the show. When things go wrong, it is often the promoter who bears the brunt of the blame. This is why California event promoters may end up in complex civil litigation since so many people depend on the smooth running of an event.

One promoter who is relatively new to the game was lining up acts for an annual concert in another state. She invited Broadway and gospel star Jennifer Holliday to join the program, but when the singer wasn’t available for an April date, the two decided on a July 2018 event. Holliday refused to allow the promoter to begin publicizing the event until the star received an advance of $2,000.

The promoter sent the money and began hyping the concert, sharing it on social media and lining up opening acts when Holliday allegedly canceled her appearance at the event. Apparently, the singer felt uncomfortable working with an unknown promoter and was not happy with some of the other acts that had signed on to perform. However, the promoter claims Holliday refused to return the $2,000 deposit despite numerous attempts to collect it.

While the promoter continues to fight for the money she claims the singer owes her for not fulfilling her terms of the contract, others in California may be having similar experiences. An event that relies on many factors may fall apart if even one party does not meet his or her obligations. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, event promoters may find satisfaction though complex civil litigation.

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Gary Jay Kaufman
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