Does a Local Business Need Licenses from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC to Play My Radio or TV Station on Their Premises?

Twice this morning from my Music Business students I was faced with the question of whether a business needs a license to play a radio or TV station on their premises. Broadcasters need to be careful about urging their clients to play their stations at their business locations. There are very specific rules, and if… Read more »

Tips For Hiring Live Music & Bands For Holiday Parties

When You Hire a Musicians for Holiday or Christmas Work Parties, There Are a Few Things to Take Into Consideration. Be Proactive – You should book holiday parties for December and New Year’s Eve at least four months out or you may find yourself booking a Garage Band Pricing & Budgeting – December costs for… Read more »

Should You Hire a Live Band for Entertainment for Your Office Holiday Party in South Florida?

It’s no secret that an office holiday party can do wonders for your business. It will alleviate a lot of stress and make employees happier. Don’t forget: A happy employee is a productive employee. But how do you make sure that the office party will be a great success? Catering services and alcohol will only get… Read more »

Tips on how to Hire a Band or Act for your Event – 3 Easy Steps

Music has a huge impact on how we feel and behave, something which brands have known for decades. There is a reason why certain commercials pull at our heartstrings or make us feel jubilant or joyous. It’s the combination of powerful, emotional sound with perfectly paired visuals. This is exactly the same when it comes… Read more »

When and Why You Need Event Insurance

  Event planners are often puzzled over whether to purchase event insurance, and if they do, exactly what they need to insure. Whether it’s an intimate cocktail party or a black-tie benefit, an indoor or outdoor event, a passive or interactive experience, some things are always out of your control. We have researched and dug… Read more »

8 Tips for Hiring a Professional Live Band for Your Music Entertainment and why it costs more money

  A Live band can add tremendous enjoyment and fun to any party, if chosen wisely. In addition to the live music, the crowd interaction and personal touch can be especially enjoyable. Professionalism pays great dividends – You will greatly benefit from hiring a band that is professional, easy to work with, and willing to… Read more »

If You Work In Events you’re in the Entertainment Business

The word conference has become so laden with negative connotations that we‘re going out of our way to avoid it. We’re awash with – fests, camps, stocks, meet-ups, and of course unconferences. Somewhere along the line ‘conference’ came to mean boring. Why? Probably because all too often no one thought that they were meant to… Read more »

Planning Your Corporate or Company Holiday Party

Planning Your Corporate or Company Holiday Party As the holidays approach, our minds are cluttered with the many upcoming things we have on our to-do list.  Likely included on that list are holiday gift shopping, decorating, traveling to see friends or family, celebrating at the many events you will be invited to and the numerous… Read more »

How to Choose the Right Entertainment for Your Event

    We all know entertainers can make or break events. Choosing the right entertainment is c-r-i-t-i-c-a-l if you want to illicit that “WOW” response from your clients and guests! Whether using an agency or hiring on your own, there are a few factors to consider when investing in and choosing appropriate and effective entertainers… Read more »

How to Hire a Band for your Wedding.

Research Your Musicians Popular bands may be booked as many as 12 to 18 months in advance, so begin your search as early as possible. Consider the kind of celebration you’d like to have. What are your favorite styles of music? What do you believe your guests will respond to? Would you like an affair… Read more »

Maximizing Your AV Budget

During these difficult economic times, meeting planners are looking for ways to maximize their budgets Maximizing Your AV Budget Since everyone, including meeting planners, is facing trying economic times, Image Audiovisuals has compiled some tips to help you maximize your meeting dollars, but still produce effective and dynamic meetings. After spending a great deal of… Read more »

How to Pick the Right Band for your Wedding

A wedding reception is known for two things: the food and the music. How can you pick the right band for your wedding reception? Most people plan their wedding festivities months in advance. During that time, ask around to find out the names of bands friends, family members or co-workers recommend. Check out band websites…. Read more »

Picking the Right Band for Your Corporate or Charity Event

How do you pick the right band for your corporate or charity event? First things first: consider your audience and their median age. A group of senior citizens is going to have a different musical taste than soccer moms or teenagers. Different genres lend themselves well to certain groups of people. For instance, hip-hop and… Read more »

Why You Should Start Planning Your Christmas or New Year’s Party Early

CK Entertainment is getting ready for the holiday season. December and January are two party-centric months, as Christmas and New Year’s means many people want to have a great time, and CK Entertainment helps make that happen. Now is the time to start thinking about your holiday parties and how professionals can help facilitate them… Read more »

How to Spice Up the Entertainment at Your Next Event

CK Entertainment has some good ideas to spice up the entertainment at your party or event this summer. First things first: you need good music playing when you’ve got people gathered together. Music is one of the rare universal things we all can appreciate in some way. Have you ever noticed music has the ability… Read more »

5 Reasons to Plan a Corporate Retreat

Too much work and not enough play can wear out a workforce and make a workplace turn sour. However, there is a way to mix things up, help reenergize fatigued employees and boost morale around the office all in one fell swoop. Specifically, planning and throwing a corporate retreat is one of the best ways… Read more »

Fort Lauderdale’s Own CK Entertainment Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2015

Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 25, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named CK Entertainment as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Band in Fort Lauderdale! The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence… Read more »

The Advantages of Hiring a Keynote Speaker

Solidifying the singular message of your corporate event, retreat, graduation ceremony, or banquet is as fundamental to your guests as it is to you. A keynote speaker can tie various messages and themes into one coherent concept that will end with your guests taking notice. The right keynote speaker can even change the way a… Read more »

Don’t Forget the Entertainment When Planning a Corporate Event

There’s something special about having a live band at a corporate event. It gives people something to talk about, something to listen to, and something to watch. Recorded music is nice, but it’s not the same as having people in the room sharing their musical talent. With live bands comes interaction with the audience, and… Read more »

Get Ahead the Competition with Carefully Planned Corporate Events

Why do you think many entrepreneurs hold functions or parties and then invite VIPs, clients and some media people? Well, the main reason is that organizing an event presents many opportunities. For one, it’s the perfect chance to make a good impression to the entities that matter. It allows them to establish a good name… Read more »

Tips for Selecting the Right Event Planner

Event planners are like haircutters and real estate agents: they provide a service for you, and you either like them, personally, or you don’t. If you do like them, you can work with them and they can work with you to get the event done, and done well. If you don’t like them, the event… Read more »

Spice Up Your Charity Event With Live Music

Today there are many events and organizations competing for people’s time and money. And people are savvy when it comes to choosing which functions to go to, and which to avoid, because the bar has been raised in recent times for throwing memorable parties and events. Think about it this way: if you were invited… Read more »

Why You Should Have Live Music at Your Wedding

It’s the eternal question when planning a wedding: should we book a DJ or hire a live band? Future husbands and wives can debate long periods over this particular topic and cause unneeded stress. To help with planning (and the debate); let’s take a specific look at the benefits of booking live music for your… Read more »

CK BAND WINS THE WEDDINGWIRE AWARD FOR COUPLES CHOICE 2014

FT. Lauderdale Fl. – January 22, 2014 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named CK Entertainment and the CK Bands and as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 for LIVE WEDDING BANDS in South Florida The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals… Read more »

Will You Be Fined For Playing Licensed Music at a Tradeshow Event?

Have you ever attended an event where you heard music? More specifically, have you ever attended a tradeshow, and heard music at exhibitors’ booths or from a stage set-up to entertain attendees? When music is presented to “the public” who are gathered in substantial numbers (more than 10 people, for instance), then a music license… Read more »

CK Entertainment Inc NAMED TOP PICK IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CK Entertainment Inc NAMED TOP PICK IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2014 FT Lauderdale, Florida, January 2, 2014- The CK Band is pleased to announce THEY HAVE been selected as a 2014 ¬¬winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on TheKnot.com/BOW. TheKnot.com the number-one wedding destination, most… Read more »

THE CK BAND HAS BEEN VOTED THE BEST OF THE KNOT 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CK ENTERTAINMENT INC (CK BANDS) NAMED IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2013     FT, Lauderdale, FL January 25, 2013 –CK Entertainment Inc pleased to announce The CK Bands been selected as a 2013 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on TheKnot.com/BOW. TheKnot.com the… Read more »

The CK Band just won the Weddingwire Best wedding Band for 2013

South Florida– January 21, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that CK  Entertainment Inc (CK Bands)has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for Wedding Bands in South Florida, Miami, Ft.Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Key Largo and Naples and Marco Island, Florida The… Read more »

What steps are involved in booking celebrity talent?

What steps are involved in booking celebrity talent? Here are the basic steps the professionals at CK Productions will walk you through to produce a successful celebrity concert or personal appearance: Step 1 – Accurate Information about you: Why? Artist fees are confidential by nature and will only be quoted upon receipt of a serious… Read more »

How to hire a band for your wedding or event.

How to Hire a Band Some things you should know before booking live entertainment Booking a live band for your special event is always a solidly great choice. Live music adds atmosphere to any gathering, and is capable of turning any party into an event that will be remembered for a long time. Try this… Read more »

Secrets of hiring celebrity entertainment

Secrets of hiring celebrity entertainment Assuming you have the budget to fund a private gig, what are you getting yourself into? Well, if you’re not sure, you might as well not even bother to inquire. “No agent is going to sell an act to a client that doesn’t know how to produce a show,” cautions… Read more »