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COVID-19 update: A message from our director.

We’ve been reasonably silent since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis that, by mid-March, saw all of our upcoming performances for the next few months either cancelled or postponed for 2021. It was only a few weeks prior that our team were travelling across Rottnest, Perth metro and the Great Southern Region for various events. However, now that we’ve had a good minute to deal with postponements, cancellations, and other logistical matters, we’re back and come with information on how we in Eclipse are navigating these new waters.

It’s taken some time, but we’ve now consolidated all event bookings that were originally planned coming months and, where we could, found new dates for them in 2021. These have included weddings, corporate events, hotel lounge performances, birthdays, black tie events and cabaret shows. With postponements out of the way, we are in a good position now to take on performance bookings for 2021. We’ve already seen some come through that have spanned all over the state of Western Australia. For that, I’m very grateful for what bookings have come through.

Image by Nita Meyer Photography. Captured in Tamahere, New Zealand.

Trends and info regarding 2021 bookings.

As I’m sure many fellow event vendors will attest, 2021 is booking up much sooner than usual. Now is a good time to do your wedding planning research, your event planning research, and make your enquiries. I have already had to turn down one wedding (unfortunately) in March 2021 for it being on a popular date.

The trends in our bookings show that people are mostly looking to throw their events over March and April 2021. We are forecasting these as busy months, but things are always changing. If you feel ambivalent about securing vendors for your 2021 wedding or corporate event, I can say that it is still wise to use this time for research and brainstorming. Send out some enquiries now to vendors that you are interested in, just to feel out what kinds of vendors and dates you’ll be able to have, as each vendor is dealing with this crisis differently.

We’ve introduced more flexible payment systems.

So far, I’ve had wedding couples contact me to stay that, in the midst of this global pandemic, they’ve had their income severely impaired. As such, our standard 50% deposit for performances can be now negotiated, should you require a more flexible payment system. We can arrange to set payment increments into five 20% instalments – or whatever breakdown will suit your circumstances – and even set the dates to align with convenient pay days for you. This is honestly a very easy process to implement on our end, so don’t feel shy to ask if this is something that will help you.

Image by Rachel Farag. Captured at The Mulia, Nusa Dua, Bali.

Info on bookings outside of WA and Australia.

We are monitoring the updates on flights and border restrictions closely. This is a situation we are playing by ear and in accordance with the ever-changing updates from our Australian government. I’ve been discussing with our musicians about what they are comfortable and not comfortable with when it comes to interstate and overseas travel. We’ve been discussing our options when it comes to travel, self-quarantine, and what it means for them.

While it is so uncertain, here is what we can say if you are planning an event outside of the Perth metropolitan region. It is still helpful to let us know what your event plans are so we can do our best to accommodate for you as things change. It helps us stay mindful of your event as we carry on our regular business operations. With our current clients based outside Australia, we’ve been discussing options together and this regular communication has been helpful on everyone’s end in brainstorming solutions out of this.

Image by Evolve Design. Captured at the Brookleigh Estate.

What we are up to in this downtime.

Like many businesses, we are using this quiet time to recalibrate and improve the aspects of our business that don’t include physical performances. I am personally looking at ways we can create more positive client experiences, particularly in how we, as musicians, can serve you and your event with more personal touches. We are developing our musicianship, our online resources and our processes that help us stay on top of this. I am optimistic that this downtime will give us much-needed incubation time for us to come out as a more robust small business.

I am still taking meetings. I am still checking my emails on the regular. Eclipse won’t be going anywhere in this downtime and we will be ready to come out celebrating with you all on the other end of this crisis.

We’re creating event planning inspiration for you.

I know that many of you are still going deep into wedding and event planning research. For example, those of you in the corporate space may be brainstorming for your first opportunities for PR and Marketing events once this is over. To help you (and to get you inspired), we’ve been reviving our blog page with resources, including how-to information, trends we are seeing, performance videos, and creative ways to implement performances in events.

We are also keeping our ears open to things you may want to hear about, so if there’s a topic that you’d like us to cover, submit your thoughts on our Ask A Question page online.

Until we speak again, stay safe. Take care and thank you for supporting our local artists in this time.

Rachel Farag
Director and Musician

Eclipse

Eclipse musicians for weddings

About Eclipse

We are a collective of musicians based in Perth, Australia, that perform the most well-adored songs of the decades for weddings, corporate events and special celebrations. We believe that live music is so important in establishing the tone of an event and, if done right, sets an atmosphere that allows guests to let their guard down, enjoy, and step into another world where they can feel comfortable enough to experience all that a good event has to offer.

Our musicians are not just experienced performers but also trained formally in jazz and contemporary music, and we understand the importance of how visuals reinforce a event’s tone, which give us the versatility to perform at cocktail events, black-tie events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, conferences, and brand or product launches.

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