"Whatever the new normal will be, we must embrace this new opportunity with Entourage Pro, to see how far we can grow both professionally and personally after these truly unprecedented times.
I know that this will offer touring professionals a new home to re-connect and it will, in turn, keep us a breast of future opportunities in the industry. We will have another place to call home"
“As our industry comes out of unprecedented times it will need to change and adapt to new ways of operating and communicating to each other. This could be a great platform for existing technicians and service companies to find the right people with the correct skill sets that are needed for upcoming projects or future employment. New companies and technicians will emerge into our industry around the world and this will be a great way to get your information directly in front of the leaders of the industry. This industry has some incredible people working within it and the skill base required these days is so high, it will be useful to service companies, production teams as well as manufacturers. The freelance crew sector is the backbone of our industry and over the past 40 years we have had the honour to have had such a wonderful group of them work alongside us. More importantly they have become part of our family. From the smallest club gig to the largest stadiums - local crews or the larger traveling tech’s, riggers and sound people are the ones who really bring you that show."
“For a long time, we’ve been talking about a union, a system for freelancers where there is almost Quality Control over people, skills, rates and experience – Entourage Pro is exactly that and the industry does need that, right now.”
“Gigs - Remember them? Bands playing songs on a stage. Sounds strange doesn’t it? But for every musician you see onstage there is an unseen army of crew, riggers and sound techs without whom the gig just would not happen.
These are the people who are really losing out in this Covid crisis and Entourage Pro is a Brilliant idea. A resource to help support the hardworking community, without whom the show really wouldn’t go on.”
“You live and die by your crew. The right people are an extension of the band themselves. What Entourage Pro is doing is recognising that. Perfect timing.”
“Exactly what the industry has been missing - not sure why it hasn’t happened already.”
“I think this is a great thing that will inspire and encourage all the youngsters in our industry! I also believe in the power of it as a networking and resourcing tool.”
“Any resource that offers support for our crews, those who support us 100% - and helps to stop this ship sinking is alright by me."
“Just what the industry needs, especially at the moment! Connections with your peers and an easy way to find verified, experienced crew for when we restart.”
“What a great idea - a central platform to connect the different elements of our industry. There are so many people and skillsets involved in putting on a show and each one is vital - a tour is a true ecological system in its interdependence. Entourage Pro promises to bring us all together at a time when we have never needed each other more.”
“When staffing a tour, we always want The Best in their respective roles. The hard find is matching the money available to the best op’s daily rates. Crew are determined by ability, attitude and more than often thought of as “being a team player”.
We like experience as the head of department’s but are quite happy to (and often do) bring in the youngsters to learn their trade of choice in all departments. We have to trust the individual very often, so a crew organisation would help filter the skill sets. This is a good idea.”
“Some say it's all about the music. I disagree. It's all about the people. Music and shows need people to create and produce moments that bring even more people together. And it takes people with a special skill set, people who’ve trained and been honing their craft for years. You don’t just ask Uncle Joey to run the sound board.”
“Entourage Pro sounds fantastic. I don’t think anyone has done anything like that yet. Certainly not as in depth as you’re doing. I’ll definitely be on there.”
“What we are reading and hearing about on daily basis is real – we need a safe place to exist.”
“I remember desperately trying to get hold a keyboard tech for Myles – with no joy; we’d have killed for Entourage Pro that day. Just to be able to tap into your phone and for there to be options available to us.”
“A beacon of light in this dark musical time. People work better together.”
“Entourage Pro is a really well conceived resource which will be of benefit to everybody involved in the live music industry.”
“I have been very lucky to have had over 30 years in this business we call show…There’s been long, hard slogs in dirty stinky clubs, dusty old theatres, soulless arenas, stadiums and too many festival fields…But I’ve never had one day of regret... I’ve made friends all around the world.
We are a viable tour de force… funny, intelligent, hardworking… I am proud to wear the Roadie badge of honour… And if a body is going to represent us, then it's about time… nice one EP.”
"Any resource that offers support for our crew, those who support us 100% - and stop this ship sinking, is alright by me."
"Great to be on board and feeling things are starting to move again. It’s good to have something so positive in such a negative time. Best of luck to you all and I look forward to the future of the EP Global Network."
"Signing up to Entourage today helped give me some hope that things could come back even better. So thank you for restoring my faith. I can really see this becoming the go-to resource"
"After 14 months of uncertainty, worry and stress about the future of our industry, finally it looks like there’s light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. Entourage Pro is an amazing resource that could help many get back on track again."
"It is an honour to be part of this project, and I can see it doing so much good for the business. I love this business, and have missed it desperately for the last year or so. We all rely on personal contacts for work in this wonderful business, and I think that this site will take that connection set to the next level."
"At last there is a site that is for our industry! Enabling a trusted way of finding the right people that can do the job we all love!"
"I’m really hopeful that Entourage pro will become the definitive meeting place for the Live Music Industry. It has the potential to play a major role in connecting people and getting crew back to work following the current crisis."
'Such a great idea having a verified database like this specifically dedicated and personalised to the professionals in our industry and it couldn't have come at a better time as we all look toward getting out there and working again. I'm sure it will become a great asset and resource to us all as well as our employers and it looks awesome too! Top job gents!'
“Finally, a place for us all to get connected and stay connected. A site like Entourage Pro is long overdue.”
"The website is very impressive and looks amazing! Seeing this has re-ignited my passion for live touring again and makes me excited, hopeful and ready for my career to get going again! I'm really excited to see where this goes, and thank you for taking the leap and creating such a company. "
"As the pandemic showed us the hard way, it's important to stay connected as crew and also our customers and we have to stay in touch in order to make the restart in a good way. Entourage Pro has the potential to grow into a good tool for making and maintaining those connections."
"Thank you for creating such a great platform. I hope tons of folk sign up, as like most things, we're only going to get out of it what we put into it and I feel privileged to be a founding member"
"Thank you so much Entourage Pro. Every step towards the comeback is a big step. An amazing group from all over the world, ready to hit the road again"
“Without the crew, bands/musicians would be fucked... We’re pretty hopeless when it comes down to it - all we do is play the music”
"My crew are my family, they work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everyone has a great show. The true ‘Rock Stars’"
“Without the infinite skill, knowledge and dedication of the crew to achieve nightly - what most people would consider impossible, the show, the industry, and the euphoria of communicating the joy and creativity of music via a live medium would be impossible. And what a dark, endless existence that would be for millions of people.”