Risks and challenges
The are a few risks in completing the project on time and on budget. First, the reliability of the performers we choose to participate on the album. Although we provide for rehearsal time, the performer is responsible to sufficiently rehearse on their own as well. I have over 15 years of management experience and in my first project dealt with various performers who ultimately had to drop out because of conflicting schedules. To avoid problems, I create a production schedule upfront, confirm availability and, most importantly, provide a stipend for rehearsal. This helps to ensure the performers take the job seriously. Final payment is not made to the performer until my acceptance of the recording studio session. Another risk is being able to transport music equipment to and from rehearsal and recording sessions. Without the equipment it is not possible to create the "reference vocals" and finalize the arrangement. To ensure this does not happen, I have budgeted for a resource to assist in the transportation of the equipment. Finally, cost overruns due to delays in the recording session. I make sure to work with performers who are prompt and understand the value of recording session time. When we step in the studio, the creative process is done. We are merely executing on our creative vision not trying to find it. Also, I always have a contingency plan to work on something else in the recording studio in case a performer is unexpectedly delayed. I learned this from my first project.
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