Press Release

Press Release

Do you need cancellation insurance for your events? Here are 6 reasons to consider it…

  1. Are you planning an event featuring a named artist or speaker? Could you be affected by their travel delays?
  2. What would be the cost to you if they were unable to appear?
  3. Could you be affected by bad weather i.e. snow? Loss of power? Strikes?
  4. Would you need to refund tickets?
  5. Do you manage key artists whose illness would impact your income streams?
  6. Are you using a ticket seller? They require proof of cancellation insurance as part of their standard terms of business.

What is Cancellation Insurance?

Cancellation Insurance replaces commission lost as a result of the inability of or loss of opportunity for artists to perform. It can also help with efforts to reduce further losses (eg: chartering a plane to get around a transport strike). However, pre-existing medical conditions, lack of interest/ticket sales, financial insolvency and pencilled dates without letters of agreement are not covered.

How much should I insure?

It may not be worth insuring every artist for every contingency – most managements absorb attritional losses of around 5% of commission in a normal year. You know where you’re most exposed.

  • Artists/events: you could insure only your biggest earners or most lucrative events.
  • Period: individual concerts, specific tour dates or an annual policy covering all of your events throughout the year.
  • Perils: look at your contractual obligations – which perils would hit hardest? Illness/injury? Venue issues like flood, fire, loss of power, strike? Transportation – mechanical breakdown, strike, weather?

 You could simply cover your top 5 earners, eg:


Artist Profession Income £
Hepburn Actor 80,000
Shakespeare Writer 160,000
Lanza Singer 140,000
Karajan Conductor 30,000
Nijinksy Dancer 20,000

                              Total = 430,000                                         

How much does it cost?

The premium is a rate percent of the total sum insured. Ranging from 1% to 3%, factors include artists’ ages, cancellation history and level of income. On the example given, the premium would be between £4,300 and £12,900.

Be smart: identify your weak spots, quantify the potential impact of cancellation and get specialist advice to make sure you don’t pay more than you need to. 

To arrange a complimentary insurance 'health-check', email Paula or get in touch on 01223 200654.

Public And Products Liability Violin Mime

“Thank you for providing such a rapid response. I shall certainly suggest your services when next I know of someone needing performing arts' insurance.”

Actors of Dionysus


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