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Artist: Ryan Ready Employed by: Unemployed Managed by: Natalie Ready via contacts within 7th Planet Entertainment Group and/or Born Ready Entertainment
Manager: Natalie Ready Employed by: Unemployed
Texas country singer/songwriter Ryan Ready currently owes former bass player Aaron Decker and former drummer Jason Hull approximately $360.00, based on verifiable documentation. This does not include various 20% "booking fees" removed from nightly payments and paid to his wife, aka "manager" Natalie Ready. Any amount paid to her prior to 12/1/2011 was paid without consent or knowledge of band members. Earnings per show were defined via email and no exclusions noted.
Beggining 12/01/2011 after notification from Ryan Ready, not the to-be "manager", it was instructed that each band member would receive 20% less per show played to pay Natalie Ready for booking and managing. There was no contractual agreement, only email notification (shown below). This was mostly attributed to her connection with the management "company" 7th Planet Entertainment, according to Ryan Ready. No contact by the company to any band member is documented.
" From: Ryan Ready Date: December 1, 2011 17:31:29 CST To: Jason Hull , Aaron Decker , Tyler Hollar Subject: IMPORTANT STUFF!
As you know Natalie has partnered with 7th Planet Entertainment Group, and is now able to book us for more money and in bigger and better venues. With that said we will now be incurring a 20% fee on all shows from here on out. 10% for booking and 10% for management. She has laid the ground work and got it this far, however I will no longer allow her to work for free anymore. She is a legitimate business woman now and is going to be able to do more for us. As you know practice was cancelled so please make sure and practice at home. We will work on these songs during the sound check tomorrow. Since practice was cancelled again I would like to rehearse on Sunday at Rockin Rehearsal. Please try and make this work with your schedules and let me know. We have already had plenty enough cancels.
Ryan Ready www.ryanready.com (940)206-0302"
Because of discrepancies in pay from a show at the Basement Bar on 11/28/2011, the question of accuracy came into play. Upon further questioning Ryan Ready informed band members that they were docked the 20% to be paid to Natalie Ready, without notification. There was also no notification from Natalie Ready to any band member regarding the show until asked-2 days before the show had been scheduled. So clearly the question is what and why the 20% was even warranted at this point.
Dating further back, early October, each band member paid $100 to invest in printing of merchandise to be sold. Information for return on the investment, based on profit margin, was provided verbally. An updated that had to be requested multiple times was emailed 11-14-2011. These amounts owed have been promised to be paid multiple times, but are still owed.
" From: Natalie Ready Date: November 14, 2011 14:53:33 CST To: Ryan Ready , firstname.lastname@example.org, Tyler Hollar , email@example.com Subject: Merchandise Sales to Date
We started off with a total of 65 White shirts. We are now down to 33 remaining.
Start- 65 Shirts Remaining- 33 Shirts
6 Shirts were sold at cost to Family or Bar Staff 3 Shirts went to "Merch Girls" Natalie, Ashley and Jaye
Sold- 23 Shirts @ $20.00 Cost- $8.00 per shirt
Profit- $12.00/ $3.00 (per)
Total Sales: $276
Per Member: $69
Natalie Ready BORN READY ENTERTAINMENT 940-300-0309 www.ryanready.com"
After bringing to light the question of management fees without the presence of any sort of professional management, pay discrepancies and lack of payment for merch drummer Jason Hull informed Ryan Ready that he was terminating any connection with the band and requested payments owed. Ryan launched into non-factual arguments and personal attacks then stated (verifiable) that he would "tell people he quit" to negate paying Jason Hull.
The practices of this married couple are continually insisted upon as being professional and Christian like, while they are both unemployed and "skimming" off the already barely worthwhile amounts the band members earn for their time. The FACT remains, there is an enormous lack of professionalism, integrity and character where both of these individuals are concerned.