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Paperclip Agency
   
address: PO Box 1519
6501 BM Nijmegen
the Netherlands
phone: +31.24.323 9322
fax: +31.24.323 2762
e-mail: info(a)paperclip-agency.com
website: www.paperclip-agency.com
   
trade register: 10028172
VAT-number: NL800620951B01
address, for visits only: Van den Havestraat 6a, 6521 JS Nijmegen / NLD

licensed in accordance with the Employment Agencies Act CBA/A 93.0137

Paperclip Agency is a member
of Network Europe and Solidair

 
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AGENTS:  

Rob Berends
- European booking agent
- as founding partner at Paperclip Agency since 1981
- often invited as panelist to music seminars
- founder and chairman of Network Europe
- e-mail: rob(a)paperclip-agency.com
   

Hilde Spille
- European booking agent
- at Paperclip Agency since 1995
- often invited as panelist to music seminars
- workshops about women in music business
- e-mail: hilde(a)paperclip-agency.com
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COMPANY PHILOSOPHY

Summary
Paperclip Agency (since 1981), owned by Hilde Spille and Rob Berends, is a European agency and a Dutch promoter, books the Conincx Pop Festival, and handles the administrative affairs for Network Europe. For Paperclip Agency, doing business is earning an honest living, with a strong emphasis on artist integrity, on cooperation, and on social and ecological sustainability.

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What is Paperclip Agency?
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Independent talent agency
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Europe as main territory
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Artists worked for in the past
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Dutch promoter
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Rob Berends and Hilde Spille
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Other activities

What is important to Paperclip Agency?
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Ideals and work
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People and music
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The artist
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Bookers and promoters
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Social and ecologic sustainability
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Solidair

How does Paperclip Agency see the future?
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Continuity
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Current developments
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An alternative

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What is Paperclip Agency?

Independent talent agency
Paperclip Agency is an independent talent agency, based in the Netherlands. Paperclip Agency started in 1981, and soon became the first agency outside of the UK that booked full European tours for contemporary pop/rock on a regular basis.

Europe as main territory
With Europe as its main territory, Paperclip Agency operates internationally throughout the world. The artists represented by Paperclip Agency are from all over the world, and their musical styles ranges from rock to electro, from world to alternative, and from roots to avant-garde.

Artists worked for in the past
Artists worked for in the past include The Feelies, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soul Asylum, Pere Ubu, Jeff Mills, Femi Kuti, Dead Moon, Boxhead Ensemble, The Walkabouts, and many more. Please take a look at our roster for the current acts we book.

Dutch promoter
Paperclip Agency also works as Dutch promoter, for various international agents and bands, like Balkan Beat Box, The BossHoss, Delinquent Habits, Heavy Trash, and many more. As Dutch promoter, Paperclip Agency services all clubs and festivals throughout the Netherlands.

Rob Berends and Hilde Spille
Rob Berends founded Paperclip Agency in 1981, and Hilde Spille joined the company in 1995. They are now the owners of Paperclip Agency. A trainee accompanies them on a regular basis. Rob and Hilde are regularly asked to share their experience and knowledge as panelists at international music industry seminars.

Other activities
Though their core business is the work as European agent and Dutch promoter, Paperclip Agency takes care of some other activities as well. The administative affairs for Network Europe are done by Paperclip Agency since the start of this European association for agents, bookers, promoters and talent buyers in 1986. Since 2003 Paperclip Agency is the exclusive booking agency for the boutique festival Conincx Pop. Rob and Hilde for many years already participate in the jury for the Dutch national band contest Grote Prijs.

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What is important to Paperclip Agency?

Ideals and work
Rob and Hilde do not want to separate their ideals from their work. They strive for sustainability on both a social and an ecological level in their personal life, so it is self-evident that this is an integral part of Paperclip Agency too. At the social level, this means long-term mutual relationships, with artists, bookers, promoters, etc. The ecological level is reflected in the way the office is managed and in travel advice to artists.

People and music
For Rob and Hilde people in the music business are at least as important as the music is. Not only do they have to like the music they book, they are also looking for the best possible music around. They prefer to work for artists who express their ideals in the music, like Mark Stewart and the Maffia or Balkan Beat Box. For Paperclip Agency, music is a form of cultural expression, and not only entertainment. The relationship with the artist is just as important as the music. The personal contacts with the organizers and bookers of concerts on the other side are important too, also in order to find shows for the artists. Therefore networking with promoters and bookers is an important part of the work.

The artist
The artists are seen as human beings, not as superstars. To start a long-term mutual relationship with an artist, Paperclip Agency provides the artist with inside information on how the company works. Mutuality includes the ability of the artist to make his or her own choices. Rob and Hilde are happy to assist the artist in this, but will not take over this responsibility. Paperclip Agency works on forming a team with the artist, record label, promoters and other involved parties. With this team of specialists, all talents of these specialists are used in order to serve the artist and his/her career. Some artists work for more than 15 years already with Paperclip Agency, like Greg Sage, Mark Stewart and The Nomads.

Bookers and promoters
The relationship with bookers and promoters can only work long-term, if they are not forced to overpay an artist. Therefore it is important to negotiate a realistic fee for the artist, as high as possible, without 'burning' the booker or promoter. This makes it possible to continue the relationship with every party involved in the future.

Social and ecologic sustainability
In their spare time, Rob and Hilde show their commitment to social sustainability in their engagement with various emancipation groups and with Bataforum. Bataforum is the local social forum and is linked to the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum. Regarding ecologic sustainability the link between work and spare time is even closer. For Paperclip Agency it is self-evident to use recycled TCF-paper and to save energy wherever possible. Business travel is done by bicycle, bus and train whenever possible. For business trips with distances of more than 800 km the plane is often unavoidable. The CO2-emissions are compensated with investments in sustainable energy. All food/drink at the office is organic and fair trade, just as Rob and Hilde use at home. Once a month they host a product presentation at a local organic food shop.

Solidair
In 2007 Paperclip Agency joined Solidair, an association of companies and organizations with similar ideals as Rob and Hilde have. Together they inspire and get inspired, about sustainability on social and ecological levels, and about economic solidarity among each other. Solidair is about a fair distribution of resources, about sharing knowledge and wealth.

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How does Paperclip Agency see the future?

Continuity
Paperclip Agency will continue the work as European agency and Dutch promoter. Rob and Hilde will use their experience to book shows for artists. They will continue to improve their knowledge and their networks in all parts of the world. Their current knowledge of the international live music business includes: the role of various players, their strengths and weaknesses, the ins and outs, the ways to deal with cultural differences and musical diversity, the national tax rules of various countries, how to solve conflicts etc. The experience in all these subjects combined with a curiosity about other people and cultures, keeps inspiring Rob and Hilde in their work as agents and promoters.

Current developments
Current developments in the international live music business show, that corporate multinationals like Live Nation and AEG have gained control in many European countries. It will be important to demonstrate that this is not the only way. Paperclip Agency works totally independent. The company stands for an open and honest partnership with the artist, which emphasizes long-term mutuality in the interest of artist and audience. More and more, people will see that this is a serious alternative to the corporate approach. Music will always be a cultural issue, next to the nowadays over-emphasized entertainment aspect.

An alternative
People have to learn about this alternative. The shift from culture to entertainment in the international live music industry brings an overload of advertisements in the trade magazines. Paperclip Agency can make better use of different ways of advertising its ideas. The company has to aim for reaching bands and managers who are looking for an alternative. The music business is still about personal contact; that is also a focus point of Paperclip Agency. Rob and Hilde will promote their approach on the website, when participating in panels and when being interviewed for business magazines. Bands that work with Paperclip Agency will talk about this approach, word of mouth, and Paperclip Agency will explain further in the personal contacts with artists and managers.

Nijmegen, September 17, 2008

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