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No Convenience Fee Credit Card Month for all of December

No Convenience Fee Credit Card Month for all of December

Shop for Headline Entertainment and Save in December

Pay for your band with a Credit Card 540-636-1640Ever want to use a corporate or personal credit card to pay for your band, musicians, DJ or even headline entertainment?  Well now you can!  Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency has announced a “No Convenience Fee Credit Card Month” for the entire month of December!

Whether you use a VISA, Master, American Express or Discover credit card, Mark Sonder Productions makes it easy, and has you covered at no additional fees for the month of December. Of course, people and companies enrolled in a frequent flyer program through their credit card company can earn a free trip immediately, depending on how much and which artist they engage. The event does not have to take place in December, only the contract agreement and deposit must be paid in the month to take advantage of this no convenience fee month.

Let’s us make it easy for you with fine musical entertainment. Call today 540-636-1640.

 

the best musicians in washington dcAbout Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency
As an award winning event entertainment producer, booking agency and talent buyer, the 30 year old privately owned firm Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency has provided musicians, headline entertainment, onsite entertainment staff and production services to leading corporations, clubs, concerts, casinos and special events internationally.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640
msonder@marksonderproductions.com
http://marksonderproductions.com

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Mark Sonder Awarded Emeritus Status for Being a Certified Special Events Professional

Mark Sonder Awarded Emeritus Status for Being a Certified Special Events Professional

Sonder Joins an Elite Group of 38 Worldwide

entertainment agency for meetings and conventionsMark Sonder, Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. has just been awarded Emeritus status on being a Certified Special Events Professional.

“The Emeritus title is reserved for event professionals who have achieved and maintained the CSEP credentials and who have provided continued support and commitment to the evolution of the events profession,” stated the Certification Committee of the International Special Events Society to Mark Sonder on being granted Emeritus CSEP certification status which is effective immediately. His reply, “This is a great way to cap off my company’s 30th Anniversary Year.”

Although not retired, as an emeritus designee, Sonder has permanent CSEP status and remains an active participant in an elite group of event professionals who value the advancement of the events industry.

Sonder, in his 3 decades in the meeting and event industries has always and will still be expected to uphold the highest standards of performance and professionalism that the CSEP designation represents. Mark was one of the first 17 people in the world to earn his CSEP commencing in 1993 in Toronto, Canada. There are only 38 other people in the world who have been awarded Emeritus status.

CSEP Certified Special Events Professional 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP with his 30 year old firm, Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency has sent artists to perform globally. From India to Lithuania, from The Philippines to Brasil. From Bermuda, and of course from sea to shining sea.

To book your music, entertainment and or production for your next event, call on Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP!

Contact:
msonder@marksonderproductions.com 
http://marksonderproductions.com 
+1-540-636-1640

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Blogging on a Book: “Event Entertainment and Production” Written by Award Winning Music & Entertainment Super Agent Mark Sonder, Ten Years Later

Blogging on a Book: “Event Entertainment and Production” Written by Award Winning Music & Entertainment Super Agent Mark Sonder, Ten Years Later

Author Mark Sonder CSEP book still relevant in the meetings, events, hotel and hospitality industries a decade after publication.

 

BookCoverFinal2Author, speaker, super agent and lecturer Mark Sonder, MM, and Certified Special Events Professional as well as President of the award winning music and talent agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the John Wiley & Son’s publication of his first book, “Event Entertainment and Production.”

This 433 page hard cover book has become the best form of “how to” book on the subjects of music, entertainment and production for meetings, conventions, trade shows, expositions, and events around the world and has already been translated and published in Russia.

Used by colleges and universities around the world in their hospitality management diploma programs, this relevant text still provides the necessary skills and written experiences required to plan and execute a successful program using entertainment and production support.

Furthermore, Sonder is a Lecturer in Tourism Studies at The George Washington University’s Master of Tourism Administration degree as well as their Event Management Certificate program.

“I am so honored that many of my colleagues have supported me throughout my continuing career and this book,” said Mark.  Some of those testimonials are below:

“Mr. Sonder has crafted an important new body of work which is an essential for every event professional.”
—Richard Aaron, CMP, CSEP, President, BizBash Media

“I think it’s a quality piece of work that is a strong education tool. Anyone interested in producing great events should have it in their library.”
—Vincent Alonzo, editor-in-chief, Successful Meetings Magazine

MarkSonderBW“I always feel like I’m in good hands when working with Sonder…Mark really knows his stuff.”
—Eddie Money, recording artist

Patti Shock calls Mark, “…one of the country’s leading suppliers of headline entertainment for meetings and events. Clearly Sonder’s book is still relevant today as a basis and foundation for event entertainment and production.”

“Happy New Year and Happy tenth anniversary Mark! Yes indeed, your book is an industry classic. Your work has truly touched the world! This book is the most comprehensive compendium of entertainment and production art and science that has ever been assembled.”
—Professor Joe Goldblatt, PhD., CSEP, FRSA, father of the Special Events Industry

If it is not already on your shelf, here is the information you need:
Title: Event Entertainment and Production
Author: Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP
Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Copyright: 2004
ISBN: 0-471-26306-0

Order directly from Amazon.com.

Photos: Top, Event Entertainment and Production book cover; Below, Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP

Editors note:  A press release making this announcement was pickedup by well over 100 media outlets througout the United States!

 

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Hiring Entertainment: 6 Steps That Guarantee You’ll Rock The House

Hiring Entertainment: 6 Steps That Guarantee You’ll Rock The House

Entertainment comes in all varieties, in all languages, and transcends all borders, so booking headline entertainment means making choices from among a vast number of options. For the uninitiated, it can be a crazy and tedious process.

 

Entertainment comes in all varieties, in all languages, and transcends all borders, so booking headline entertainment means making choices from among a vast number of options. For the uninitiated, it can be a crazy and tedious process.

You must first determine what fits your client’s needs and expectations, based on the event’s goals and objectives. That way you can provide an entertainment management company with an audience profile that helps them find the most appropriate speaker or headline entertainer. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the process.

JoseCid80webSix simple steps to booking
1. Research the needs of the audience and identify the appropriate resources to fill these needs. A keynote speaker should speak to issues that hit home with your target audience and “connect” with them. When it comes to entertainment, be it a soloist, band or stand-up comic, the audience demographic is critical. Typically, the age of the audience plays the largest role, since age tends to dictate music taste.  (See below chart of Genres to consider)

2. Select an artist. This works best if you or your client either select the top five headliners you would like to have appear at your meeting or event, or prepare an approximate budget and category of music/entertainment/speaker to narrow the list of options.

3. Have your agent or corporate entertainment company make a written offer to the artist. Remember, an agent can offer you only the artists on the agency’s roster. If the artists you choose are represented by more than one agency, you must contact more than one agent or just one corporate entertainment company. Key point: It is common to lose headliners when clients are not able to act quickly enough to secure the act. So be prepared and empower your corporate entertainment company to make a reasonably quick decision.

4. If the entertainer accepts the offer, sign a contract for entertainment services. Once the artist accepts your written offer, it is very difficult to turn back. Are you prepared to make a 50 percent deposit when and if a headline entertainer accepts your offer?

5. Secure production for the show or have your corporate entertainment company provide the product and services.

6. Monitor the production process and evaluate the outcomes.

nathanschulhofDuring the selection process, your entertainment company should provide you with not only a list of headliners, but also their picture, biography and possibly their routing information, availability and cost. Your entertainment company can supply the planner with the headliner’s tour history, including venues, and their typical audience size, if applicable, as well as ticket prices.

Genres to consider: The Mark Sonder Productions 20 music formats
• Adult contemporary
• Alternative
• Blues
• Children’s entertainment
• Christian
• Classical
• Comedy
• Country
• Dance
• Folk
• Holiday
• Jazz
• Latin
• Pop
• Reggae
• Rock
• Urban
• Variety
• World music
• ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s

Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. Headline Entertainment and Event Production www.marksonderproductions.com +1-540-636-1640

Photos:
Top, José Cid in concert
Bottom, speaker Nathan Schulhof, inventor of the MP3 Player 

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Celebrity DJs: A DJ is a DJ is a DJ (NOT!)

Celebrity DJs A DJ is a DJ is a DJ (NOT!)

Disc Jockey’s are a universal entity available throughout the globe representing different countries, cultures, languages and diversity.  They can range in price from $500 on up to a 6 digit number!  But is there a real difference in performance, in interactivity with the attendees, in style and in energy?

The answer definitely appears to be a resounding YES!

AndreCarsonMarkWebCase Study: Two weeks ago Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. provided DJ music for a private party in honor of Congressman Andre Carson who is the Co-chair of the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus.  This event took place at The Newseum in Washington DC where Mark Sonder Productions is the preferred entertainment vendor.

Mark Sonder Productions made arrangements with Robert, the event planner, to bring in and setup all the DJ equipment, as well as the sound reinforcement earlier that afternoon.

In a reception lasting 3 hours we offered a “warm-up” DJ.  He was DJ Born.  Guests were arriving and were greeted by his smooth and comfortable music as they were getting acclimated to the vibe in the room while standing on line to receive their food and beverage.

Towards the end of the hour DJ Born, who read the crowd beautifully, continued with his music as the stage area was cleared for the arrival of the Celebrity DJ.  Then, one hour into this event, Mark Sonder took the microphone and introduced from the group Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella.  The lights went up at the DJ area, she appeared, and immediately ratcheted up the music both in amplitude of sound, on her microphone, and in shear energy while the vibe in the room changed immediately as the attendees started on their own snapping flash photos and shooting videos.  As Mark Sonder was not just the producer of music and entertainment for this event but a witness to the change from one fine DJ to the next, be assured that bringing in a Celebrity DJ, whether Spinderella or someone else will be a positive experience for your attendees, host, and sponsors.  From a spontaneous Meet & Greet to remembering where you were when, to dancing and singing to today’s music to respectful “scratching”, a Celebrity DJ will make all stakeholders be heroes/heroines.

SpinderellaAtWorkWebTo book DJ Spinderella please call:  +1-540-636-1640.

Contact Mark Sonder Productions, your booking agent for corporate, association and incentive events. Call our international management team for production, celebrity entertainment and speaker needs for your next meeting, convention, trade show, exposition or special event. Your Private & Corporate Entertainment Talent and Booking Agency.

For your FREE Event Entertainment Checklist, please click here!

 

Photos:  Top, Congressman Andre Carson greeting Mark Sonder.  Bottom, DJ Spinderella at work!

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