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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Likbez: Booking Stars: The Nuts and Bolts

To find a star, hit the web -- many artist sites list contact details for the manager. Alternatively, you can buy a 3,500-ruble showbiz phonebook from Intermedia (

Having chosen, you'd ideally sign a simple contract with your star specifying when, where and what they'll perform and for how much, said Marina Ryzhkova, a lawyer at Salans.

But it almost never works that way. "There are only oral agreements," said Marina Gergedava, events director The Creative Factory. "The agency or client communicates with the artist's director, they discuss the event -- not all artists agree to work at private parties -- and come to an agreement."

Prominent stars usually provide a list of conditions that must be fulfilled if they're to perform, including providing food and equipment, added Alexander Kostikov, a lawyer at the Mayakovsky Theater. If the star you've chosen isn't particularly famous, there likely won't even be this.

Your guarantee that the star will show up, and won't be drunk, is the fee. "The client pre-pays 50 percent," said Gergedava. "It signifies that the artist is reserved. ... You pay the second part before they go on stage."

It's rare that an appearance is insured. If the star doesn't show, or is injured, it's up to you to work out payment.

"The person who doesn't want a criminal case pays for medical treatment," Kostikov said.


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