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Polestar Music Management

Our Ethos

Polestar Management will never take on a band just to add to a roster. It is as important for the band as for management that both parties understand what is at stake and what the role is. 

Does my band need a manager?

Appointing a manager is one of the most important decisions a band can make. A good one can do wonders for you, a bad one can cause you problems and cost you money. So how can you find one that’s right for you?

Ask for recommendations from bands already on a management roster - what kind of deal do they have, is it value for money, what has the manager done for them or is expected to do? Also check how many bands are on their roster - if they have a high number, will they realistically have time and focus to be able to do what you want them to do for YOUR band? If you know a band has left a roster, what caused them to do so? ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU MAKE A DECISION!

Managers work on a percentage of income generated (usually 10-20%) or a flat fee. The former option encourages them to work harder for you, but the latter may also work if it is a consultancy type arrangement. Be sure of what you’re committing to before you do it.

If you DO decide to appoint someone, ask for a trial period to make sure you are both happy with each other. Any decent manager should be happy to offer this. If you decide to proceed with a working relationship, how long is the contract for? Is there a break clause and when? Will it cost you anything

What is it a manager can do for you that you can’t do yourself? If the answer is nothing, then you don’t need a manager yet!

Many bands don’t actually need a manager and can do the job themselves - it’s only when you get to a stage that you feel that you have either hit a ceiling, or you need things that are beyond your reach or experience that you MAY need someone else to come on board.

We never advertise for bands but we will ONLY take one on if we genuinely think we can help them move forward and they have a plan in place themselves to enable us to help them. If you’re not willing to put in at least as much effort to your future as we are, then we won’t be working together I’m afraid!

As management, we expect you to know what you want to achieve over the coming year, have an idea of how you will achieve it (be realistic!) and have the finances in place to do it.

Lastly, although managers CAN book gigs, they are NOT glorified booking agents - don’t treat them as such, they do a lot more than that!

If you have read this far then thank you and we hope you’ve learned at least something useful - if not, and you still have questions, then we will be happy to answer them if we can. Good luck! 

Are you any good?

That's not really for us to say - ask our bands what they think! One of the best ways to find the team that's right for you is to have a look at the bands who are doing what you would like to be doing and ask them who they are working with - we certainly won't suit EVERY band out there, but we do work VERY hard on behalf of the ones that we have!

The team...

We have a small permanant team and collaborate closely with others when needed - agents, web designers, copywriters, event organisers and promoters. We have developed great relationships up and down the supply chain and bring this to bear in everything we do for our bands.

We offer specialist expertise in band management and all associated activities. The team all have a keen interest in music, and have a good background in most areas, particularly rock and metal.

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

“If you are looking for a professional and well run organisation then look no further than Mark and his team at Polestar. From the outset Mark puts you at ease and ensures that you have the best of working conditions and know exactly what is expected from the task at hand whilst ensuring that you are well looked after and have access to immediate clear instruction and clarification should you need it. Polestar are a joy to work for and many an organisation could learn from the manner Mark and his team conduct themselves".

Gavin Ross (Concert Photographer)

“Our band Brora Wolf have worked with Mark and the Polestar team twice and both have been fantastic experiences. The effort they put in for their bands is exceptional and their professional approach is highly recommended - we would love to work with them once again!”

Chris MacMillan (Brora Wolf)

Working with Mark and Polestar Management as part of the Stormbreakers competition was an absolute pleasure for us. Professional, helpful and fully invested in the bands that he represents.

 

Cass King (Tomorrow Is Lost)


 

In the few months that Everyday Heroes have been working with Polestar we have been delighted with the partnership. Mark, Colin and Suzy have been a breath of fresh air in an industry where it's all too common to pay a fortune to managers with very little or no return on that investment. Polestar are fully invested in their bands and we feel that we've already taken some very noticeable strides forward in such a short space of time.” 

Luke Phillips (Everyday Heroes)

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Website Privacy Statement

This privacy policy sets out how Polestar Music Management uses and protects any information that you give Polestar Music Management when you use this website.

Polestar Music Management is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Polestar Music Management may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1st February 2021.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name and job title
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. 
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to us.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

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Website Terms and Conditions

Your use of the Polestar Music Management Web Site is subject to these terms and by using the Site you show your agreement to such terms. If you do not accept our terms, please do not use the Web Site.

Ownership of Web Site

This Web Site belongs to Polestar Music Management.

Headings

Headings used in these terms and conditions are for convenience only and shall not affect their interpretation.

Trademarks

The images, logos and names on this Web Site which identify Polestar Music Management or third parties and their products and services are proprietary marks of Polestar Music Management and/or the relevant third parties. Nothing contained in this Web Site shall be deemed to confer on any person any license or right on the part of Polestar Music Management or any third party with respect to any such image, logo or name.

Alterations

Polestar Music Management reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or cease to supply any product or service contained on this Web Site. In the event that such removal takes place we shall not be liable to you in any way whatsoever for such removal.

Phone Calls and Emails

Telephone calls using the telephone numbers provided on this Web Site and email correspondence with Polestar Music Management at the email addresses accessible through, or discernible from, this Web Site may be recorded or monitored. By using such communication methods you are consenting to the recording or monitoring of the same.

Telephone charges

The price of calls may vary depending on your telecoms supplier. Please check with your operator for exact charges.

WEBSITE POLICIES

Commercial use

This Web Site is for non-commercial, personal use only. The services contained on this Web Site may be supplied on a commercial basis on payment to Polestar Music Management or its service or product suppliers of its charges from time to time. Please contact us.

In the event that you use any of the services contained on this Web Site for commercial use, Polestar Music Management shall be entitled to charge you at its applicable rates in respect of such commercial use.

Copyright

The copyright in the material contained in this Web Site belongs to Polestar Music Management or its licensed source. Any person may copy any part of this material, subject to the following conditions:

the material may not be used for commercial purposes;

the copies must retain any copyrights or other intellectual property notices contained in the original material;

the products and technology or processes described in this Web Site may be subject to other intellectual property rights reserved by Polestar Music Management or by other third parties with no license granted in respect of those intellectual property rights); images on this Web Site are protected by copyright as its text by IPR and may not be reproduced or appropriated in any manner without the written permission of their respective owner(s).

Changes to Terms and Records of Agreements

We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time by posting changes on the Web Site. It is your responsibility to review the Web Site terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the latest terms and conditions. Your use of this Web Site after a change has been posted will be deemed to signify your acceptance of the modified terms and conditions. We recommend that you print off and retain for your records a copy of these terms and conditions from time to time and a copy of any terms and conditions relating to any product or service which you apply for online, together with any related application form completed and submitted.

Any amendment to terms and conditions must be agreed in writing by us, or, if appropriate, by the relevant company or individual supplier with whom you contract.

Disclaimers

Whilst Polestar Music Management has taken due care and attention in the preparation of the contents of this Web Site, this Web Site and the information, names, images, pictures, logos, icons regarding or relating to Polestar Music Management or our products and services marketed on the site (or to third party products and services), are provided on an 'as is' basis without any representation or endorsement being made and without any warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to, any implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

To the extent permitted by law, all such terms and warranties are hereby excluded. In no event will Polestar Music Management be liable, whether in contract or tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty) or otherwise for any losses sustained and arising out of or in connection with use of this Web Site including, without limitation, loss of profits, loss of data or loss of goodwill (in all these cases whether direct or indirect) nor any indirect, economic, consequential or special loss.

Polestar Music Management does not represent that the information contained in this Web Site is accurate, comprehensive, verified or complete, and shall accept no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this Web Site or for any reliance placed by any person on the information.

Polestar Music Management does not warrant that the functions or materials accessible from or contained in this Web Site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected or that this Web Site or the server that makes it available are virus or bug free or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials.

If any of these Terms and Conditions (or any terms and conditions relating to a product or service referred to in this Web Site) should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which such terms and conditions are intended to be effective, then to the extent of such illegality, invalidity or unenforceability, and in relation to such state or country only, such terms or condition shall be deleted and severed from the rest of the relevant terms and conditions and the remaining terms and conditions shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude Polestar Music Management's liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence of Polestar Music Management.

Intellectual Property Rights

All Intellectual Property Rights (including, without limitation, all database rights, rights in designs, rights in know-how, patents and rights in inventions (in all cases whether registered or unregistered and including all rights to apply for registration) and all other intellectual or industrial property rights in any jurisdiction) in any information, content, materials, data or processes contained in or to this Web Site belong to Polestar Music Management or its licensed source. All rights of Polestar Music Management in such Intellectual Property Rights are hereby reserved.

Jurisdiction and Law

Polestar Music Management makes no representation that any product or service referred to on or through the Web Site is appropriate for use, or available in other locations. The information and other materials contained in this Web Site may not satisfy the laws of any other country and those who choose to access this Site from other locations are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

These Terms and Conditions and any terms and conditions relating to products or services described in this Web Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland. Disputes arising in relation to the same shall, unless otherwise expressly agreed, be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

Links to other Web Sites

Certain (hypertext) links, advertisements or suppliers promotion will lead you to Web Sites that are not under the control of Polestar Music Management. When you activate any of these links, you will leave Polestar Music Management Web Site by opening a new window and we have no control over and will accept no responsibility or liability in respect of the material on any such other Web Site. By allowing links with third party Web Sites Polestar Music Management does not intend to solicit business or offer any security to any person in any country, directly or indirectly.

Force Majeure

Every effort will be made to carry out the contract but its due performance is subject to cancellation by Polestar Music Management or to such variation as we may find necessary as a result of inability to secure labour, materials or supplies or as a result of any act of God, War, Strike, Lockout or other labour dispute, Fire, Flood, Drought, Legislation, or other cause (whether of the foregoing class or not) beyond the sellers control.

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Website Accessibility

We have tried to make this website as accessible as possible and easy to use for everyone, regardless of circumstance or ability.

All our page templates comply with the WCAG Priority 2 checkpoints as a minimum requirement. And we make every effort to ensure that all the content on our site meets this standard too. We are making every effort to ensure that we don't exclude any users. For example:

  • We try to use clear and simple language.
  • We use alternative text for all our images 
  • Were possible the HTML we produce conforms to the standard: XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • We have tested the colours we use in the design for contrast.

We try to publish all our text content as accessible HTML rather than in other formats such as PDF. Where we do publish PDFs or other formats our policy is to make them as accessible as we can.

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