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This page provides answers to the most common questions we receive about our services. If your question is not answered here, contact us online or by phone at 630-557-2742.

Q  Can you tell me what it would cost to book a certain artist?

Yes, of course! The best way to find out about pricing is to give us a call. Second best, please use our “Make an Offer” Link [using the Make an Offer Link]. Using the online offer form will save time because we need to know most of that information in order to quote a reasonable price, or in order to help you find the right on-tour pricing. Although we say “Make An Offer” this form is used for information-gathering, and is not a binding contract. Fill in as much information as you can —only a few of the questions are required —and we will contact you right away.

Q  Why do you ask for my phone number on your email contact form?

Sometimes we need a little more information before we can give you price or answer your other questions. Also, your area code will give us a clue as to your geographic location! (Hint: be sure to mention what town or what part of the country your performance will be – it obviously makes a difference). Please be assured that we won’t be a nuisance, or pressure you, or disclose your phone number or email to other entities.

Q  Do your artists play private parties or benefit concerts?

Private parties, and house concerts, are always considered. Please contact us with as much specific information (see “Can you tell me what it would cost…” above) as you know, and we will gladly try to work with you. If you have never hosted a house concert, we can help you consider what it takes to plan these intimate social events.

When it comes to benefit concerts, all of our performers are socially conscious and have special “causes” that they sometimes perform in fundraising events. Because it is their livelihood, and because there are only 52 weekends in a year, performers have limited ability to fully donate their performances. You may see a benefit performance on our artist’s schedule, and these are usually charities that have been selected by the individual artist, within their own communities. If you are would like to arrange a performance by our artists to benefit a nonprofit of social cause, we would be happy to arrange this, with appropriate honorarium to cover the artist’s fee and expenses.

Q  Can you come to our school for performance or workshop?

Nearly all of the performers on our roster offer programs for Arts-In-Education, often providing nontraditional learning experiences and addressing specified curriculum objectives in music, social studies, history, art, language arts, and more. Some of the suggested programs for school audiences are described on performers’ pages, and we are happy to talk with you about specific events and student/community needs. Some of our Artists of Note also include teacher in-service in their advanced offerings. For most programs, study guides are provided for teacher use pre- and post-performance.

Q  I am a touring performer. How can I be considered for representation on the Artists of Note roster?

There are two answers to this question. Presently, we are accepting press kits and CDs from artists who are looking for representation. Please read this section carefully and  follow the instructions at the end of this section.

First, let us explain that Artists of Note is a very small company, with a very dedicated and nimble staff of 1 full time and 1 part time agent. We have an exclusive representation agreement with all of the performers we book (though we do occasional bookings for off-roster artists from our alumni page, primarily).

We are looking for seasoned performers, performers who understand the importance of keeping their own fan base informed of their upcoming gigs, and performers with some versatility in the repertoire and in the types of audiences, shows or venues in their comfort zone. We offer support for your booking efforts, freeing up your time for more performances and for improving publicity and audience connection (in this age of social media).

You will notice that most of the performers on our roster offer arts-in-education or family shows, or they are able to work in nontraditional performance venues such as libraries, museums, or fine arts venues.

In order for us to get to know you (and you to know us better), the best strategy is to keep us informed if you are performing in northern Illinois, within a 60 mile radius of Aurora, Illinois. We also become familiar with artists as we hear them on the radio and see their names on marquee lineups of venues in the circuit, and at booking conferences and festivals that we attend.

Our specialty is the folk arts, including music and storytelling and occasionally children’s theater. We don’t book jazz or pop, etc. With few exceptions, you are not ready for a booking agent if you still have another full time job. We always require an exclusive booking contract; is that something you’re comfortable with? In workshops for the Folk Alliance, I have likened this relationship to a marriage, and you wouldn’t want to make a three year exclusive commitment with someone you barely know! That’s why we like to get to know YOU first, too!

*** To be considered for representation by Artists Of Note …

After reading our mission and practices above, if you would like to be considered for our roster, here is what we ask you to do:

  1. Email Joann Murdock at    Use the subject line: Artist-Agency Inquiry [Your Name]

  2. Include A link to your web page. (From this link, we will review your emailing list, online calendar, reviews, youtube, and other publicity links).

  3. Include a brief note, describing your touring history and your touring goals, and explain why you feel that Artists of Note would be a good match for you.

  4. Please do not phone us in advance of submitting this material, and please understand that our review process does take time. A couple weeks after your material has been received, send us a quick email, and ask for permission at that time to add us to your emailing list. (If we do not know you, please don’t add us to a group emailing list until you have checked in with us).


The Second answer to that question is, we do have one contract with a college for a weekly humanities-based performance opportunity. This is a series of one-week residencies, and it is a great opportunity for performers to fill those pesky mid-week days on the road, and for performers to try out new material and new audiences. It’s also a good way for me to get to know your work better. If you would like more information on the midwest humanities series, use this signup link, as we do most of our booking from this emailing list:

Once you sign up, you will receive an email describing the program parameters. If it looks like something you’re interested in, then you will be asked to confirm your inclusion in the e-mailing list that we consult when booking this series, (otherwise you won’t be “bothered” again).

We wish you the best!