Frequently Asked Questions

For Clients

Why should we hire CEA?

Our transparent service is designed to secure the best entertainment for the lowest price. We ensure that your budget remains intact while the level of talent increases. We promise that we will get the best act for your event.

How do you get the leverage to secure the bands at such a steep discount?

StarEvents is our parent company that produces festivals throughout the Midwest. They specialize in raising money and awareness for non-profit organizations by producing summer festivals and other large-scale events. StarEvents books a ton of talent every summer, so this relationship provides us with valuable insight and leverage when it comes to booking talent.

Can you guarantee your work?

Absolutely! We are the only agency that will not take a penny for our services if something goes wrong... GUARANTEED! When our clients book entertainment through CEA, they can have peace of mind knowing that we have faith in our services. If we secure talent and they do not fulfill the contract, we will not receive a penny.

How much do you charge?

We charge 20% of the final contracted price for talent we secure, not a penny more. We use our knowledge and size to negotiate the best price possible. Our average client typically saves 20% to 30% of what other agencies charge.

Do I need an account to view all the available talent?

No! Our CEA search engine is available to everyone for free. No need to put in any personal information or payment information!

How far in advance should I book talent?

It depends on the event. For weddings, it is recommended to book talent 12 to 18 months in advance. For other events, book as far in advance as possible. Generally, you need to book within 6 to 12 months of the event to get your preferred talent.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions about how to use the website, feel free to contact [email protected]. If you are interested in booking entertainment, fill out our contact form here, or press "Contact Now" on a specific entertainer's CEA page.

For Talent

How do I sign up myself or my group for a CEA account?

Go to https://www.ChicagoEntertainmentAgency.com/talent-signup. Choose one of the Membership options. The monthly membership is a monthly subscription, with a recurring monthly payment of $9.95. The yearly subscription has a yearly recurring payment of $97.95. This is a savings of about $21.48 a year. Each of these memberships has the same benefits, including direct links to your social media, full biography, photos, and videos. Below Membership Options, click "Create Account." Follow the prompts on the screen and enter the information accurately. After filling out all the information, press "Complete Your Order" at the bottom. Once your account has been created, upload your photos, videos, biography, social media links, etc and wait for the gigs to roll in!

How do I cancel my talent account?

You are free to cancel your subscription at any time without a cancellation fee. Please send your cancellation request to Mirella at [email protected].

Where do talent requests go?

When a client requests your appearance at a gig, their Contact for Talent will be sent to personnel at CEA. From there, we will contact you with details of the gig.

Why should I use CEA's services?

CEA is the search engine for talent. We have booked talent for thousands of clients for events such as weddings, festivals, private parties, and so much more. It is a user friendly website for clients to find the perfect entertainment for any event.

How do I create a Facebook page?

You will need a personal Facebook account to create a public page for your act. Log onto your Facebook. Towards the right of the top blue banner, press the button that says "Create." Below Create, press "Page." The next screen will ask you to pick "Business or Brand" or "Community or Public Figure." Pick the one that is applicable to you. Follow the prompts on the screen and fill in the information accurately to create your account. Share with your fans!

How do I create a Twitter account?

Go to https://twitter.com/i/flow/signup. Follow the prompts on the screen and enter the information accurately. Once you have entered all necessary information, click "Create My Account." Twitter will send a confirmation email to the email address you entered while signing up. Click on the link in that email to confirm your email address and account. If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your Spam folder, as it may have been there.

How do I create a Pinterest account?

Go to https://www.pinterest.com. A pop-up will show up with the option to create an account. Follow the prompts on the screen and enter the information accurately. Once you have entered all necessary information, click "Create Account." Pinterest will send a confirmation email to the email address you entered while signing up. Click on the link in that email to confirm your email address and account. If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your Spam folder, as it may have been there.

Do you represent or exclusively control any talent?

CEA does not represent any artists, which keeps us extremely unbiased when it comes to securing talent. We want to provide our clients with the best acts possible, and we feel that trying to force a small group of entertainers into all gigs does not make sense.

Does the entertainment you hire pay you a commission for getting the gig?

Nope! We never ask for a commission from the talent. We don't believe in "double dipping," which is what the industry calls charging a fee to the client AND to the talent.

How much do you charge?

We charge 20% of the final contracted price for talent we secure, not a penny more. We use our knowledge and size to negotiate the best price possible. Our average client typically saves 20% to 30% of what other agencies charge.

Do you have advice for new CEA talent?

Keep your social media up-to-date with photos, videos, and show dates. Your fans want to hear your latest music and keep up with your performances! Add the proper tags to your CEA account. If you are a jazz saxophone performer, you might want to add "jazz," "saxophone," and "solo" to your tags. We are always available to talk if you have questions- reach out to [email protected] with any questions.