Need Music Agency Newcastle

Welcome to Need Music Agency

Welcome to Need Music Ltd, set up by founder Bruce Tate in 20112 after his band's record contract came to a close. After 5 USA tours, an album release and support slots with acts such as Ed Sheeran, Bruce set up a live music agency to get paid work for North East musicians.

At Need Music we aim to have a second-to-none reputation for providing the best performers possible, fitting the right musician to the right venue.

As an agency we work on your behalf to get paid work in pubs, wedding venues, clubs, universities, football stadiums and festivals.

Please not e we only work with cover artists - if you play originals then this is not for you.

We cannot book any gigs for you until you are on our website.

We get work for reliable musicians who have a professional approach to gigging, dress smart every time, have good rapport with the audience, arrive early and most importantly smile!

If you are this person than please read the terms below and email over the necessary items. Thank you and welcome to the team.

We can't book any gigs for you until you are on our website, which enables potential customers to hear you before they  book.

We can't guarantee how many gigs you will be offered, but being on the website is free so it costs you nothing. Please read the terms below too so you know what to expect.

With that in mind please gather the following information and send it to

East Midlands Musicians, Book A Musician, Musician in Newcastle

What You Need To Send Us

  • Full name, address and phone number.
  • Professionally-shot full resolution photographs - preferably horizontal (landscape orientation) with your instrument in shot.
  • 20 song setlist - artist & title of your 20 most popular covers typed up spelt correctly.
  • video URL - uploaded to Youtube.
  • Bio - 1-2 sentences describing what it is you do. Look at the other act's profiles for inspiration. This should include the type of songs you typically play.
  • Testimonials - if you have any reviews from previous clients this will increase your chances of getting work. Please include client name, venue and date.

DJ's - instead of a video and set-list please send extra photographs (ideally of your set up Eg Mobile booth) and the venues you have played into e past 12 months.

Musician Terms


We do not sign contracts with our artists. However, we do expect you to adhere to the following terms...


When you are booked for a gig please note down all the info you are given. Not just start and end times, but also about what type of music the event/venue is expecting. Feel free to ask at time of booking so you are well prepared to entertain the crowd.


From time to time gigs are unfortunately cancelled last minute which is frustrating for us all. If this happens we will do our best to get you a replacement gig, however this is subject to availability and isn't guaranteed.


Payments are different for each venue. Some are cash pick up, others are by bank transfer and can take up to 30 days. This will be confirmed at the time of booking.


You must contact us on the week of your gig to confirm that this is going ahead. Usually Need Music will be in contact to confirm also, however due to the sheer volume of gigs happening at any one time, its easier for you to drop us a quick message.


As an agency representing musicians for live performance we take a small percentage of the total gig fee, typically between 5-15%.

Whenever we offer you a gig the payment amount will be exactly what you get - there are no hidden fees.


We expect you to be punctual. You should always be at a venue at least 30 minutes before the start time, set up and ready to play.  Lateness not only has a detrimental affect on your reputation as a reliable artist, but it slashes your chances of being rebooked for the same venue.  It also reflects badly on our company reputation.


This is uncontrollable, but if you need to cancel your gig you must give us as much notice as possible, we'll then be in a position to find a suitable replacement or notify the venue. If nobody turns up at the venue they could cancel all future gigs which effects all of us.


Find out how to submit an invoice and get paid for your performance...

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