Questions & Answers
Here are some questions we are frequently asked about our services. Call us if you have other questions that we haven’t addressed below. We support the new products and all previous ones.
HOW OFTEN IS THE DATA/MATERIAL UPDATED?
The greatest efforts have been made to insure the accuracy of all contacts and addresses. All materials are updated on a continual basis through personal research and from data collected from reliable standard music industry source publications. Since these music source publications are only printed once a year there may be some limitations to their accuracy as occasionally an agent may go out of business or will have changed their address within the working year. We are not responsible for any occasional errors or omissions that might occur in these materials. MATERIAL has been updated for this year!
On another note, we would like to state that these materials that you have purchased are for your use only and are fully protected under copyright law. Any duplication or private sale of these materials would be a copyright infringement.
MAILING ADVICE / WHEN TO MAIL?
Once you receive your materials all you have to do is sign your letters, stuff your envelopes with the letters, résumés and pictures, and stick your labels on the envelopes.
If preparing for the fall audition season:
You should mail your materials to Europe by mid August, September or October at the latest, or June or July at the earliest.
If preparing for the Spring audition season:
You should mail your materials by January or February, and by March or April at the latest.
Please contact us as soon as possible before these deadlines to make your audition tour as smooth as possible.
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY IN EUROPE?
For a temporary mailing address:
- Take a look at this web page and address and or write to the other organizations below.
Büro Knecht und Partner GmbH · Dietlindenstr. 15 · D-80802 München
phone +49/89/36036-600 · fax +49/89/36036-700
- Baxter & Weithaus, B & W Services, Henkestrasse 34 91054 Erlangen, Deutschland
Tel: (49) 9131 202506
For a temporary apartment:
- Contact this web page to find temporary housing or write to the address below.
Address: Germaniastr. 20
Telephone: + 49 (0)89-19445 Fax: + 49 (0)89-27 32 29 29 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 08.00 – 12.30 Uhr und 13.30 bis 18.00 Uhr Tuesday 08.00 – 12.30 Uhr und 13.30 bis 18.00 Uhr Wednesday 08.00 – 12.30 Uhr und 13.30 bis 18.00 Uhr Thursday 08.00 – 12.30 Uhr und 13.30 bis 18.00 Uhr Friday 08.00 – 12.30 Uhr und 13.30 bis 17.00 Uhr
- City Mitwohnzentrale, Lämmerstrasse 4, 80335 München, Deutschland
Tel: (49) (89) 19430, Fax: (49) (89) 19420
LOOKING FOR A EUROPEAN/AMERICAN CELL PHONE?
Using a GSM cell phone (mobile phone) on your trip to Europe. This information is for Americans and Canadians traveling to Europe. Europeans traveling within Europe do not have these same concerns; they can use their cell phone easily in other European countries (but pay roaming fees).
GSM Cell Phones (World Phones)
GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is a type of cell phone and network used in Europe and most countries in the world. Some US cell phone companies use GSM (T-Mobile, AT&T), but many do not. You need a GSM phone in Europe. These are sometimes called “World Phones” because they can be used around the world. In the United Kingdom, a cell phone is called a “mobile phone”.
SIM (Subscriber Information Module) cards are a small chip that fits into your phone. This chip contains the cell phone number (so if you switch it to another phone, you still have the same number) and your account information. The SIM Card determines the network and phone number the cell phone uses. These can easily be switched in a phone, so you can put in one for Italy, then remove it and put in one for the US.
If you want a cell phone in Europe, you have these options:
- Purchase an unlocked GSM cell phone and European SIM card: Purchase a cell phone that works in Europe and a SIM card for the country you are going to. This is the best option if you travel to Europe each year and make and receive a lot of calls (calls are inexpensive). Read more about this option.
- Rent a GSM cell phone and European SIM card: Rent a cell phone that works in Europe and a SIM card for the country you are going to. This is a good option if you do not travel each year (calls are inexpensive). Read more about this option.
- Use your GSM cell phone from the US and your US cell account: If you are on a GSM system in the US and your phone and plan allow international roaming, this is a good option if you need the phone for emergencies only (calls are expensive). Read more about this option.
The European cell phone situation changes constantly – pricing, options available, whether or not foreigners can buy a cell phone in Italy or other countries. I try to keep this page updated, but read it through and then go to the message board to ask if anyone has more recent experience.
For more updated information from the New York Times May 25, 2016 please see excerpts below:
Here is a guide to taking your smartphone abroad on the cheap, including analyses by Alekstra on the costs of mobile services in five popular travel destinations: Britain, France and Spain.
Unlocking Your Smartphone
First and foremost, to use a foreign carrier’s SIM card, you usually have to unlock your smartphone or buy a cheap unlocked phone. Typically, when you buy a new smartphone, it comes locked so you can use it with only one carrier. After you have fully paid off the phone, you can ask the carrier unlock it.
Consider an AT&T iPhone 6S: After paying the $650 for the device, you can go to AT&T’s website to request an unlock. In my experience with unlocking a used iPhone 6 that I bought from a friend, AT&T’s system took a few minutes to process the request and then notified me that the phone was unlocked.
Each carrier’s unlocking process can be found online with a web search. Verizon generally does not lock newer smartphones, but you should call customer service to check that yours is unlocked before traveling. Sprint requires requesting the unlock through customer service on its website or over the phone. T-Mobile offers an app for Android users to ask for an unlock; otherwise, you can contact T-Mobile on the phone or through a web chat to request it.
Alternatively, you can buy a cheap unlocked phone. Motorola offers itssecond-generation Moto G, a well-reviewed cheap Android phone, for about $150 on Amazon.
Download Apps for Messaging
If you get a foreign SIM card, you will be using a different phone number from your regular one. To simplify taking a smartphone abroad, we recommend ignoring traditional phone and texting services and relying on free communication services that rely purely on data connections.
In France, Orange offers a two-gigabyte package in its stores for $33.60. That is its largest data offering, but if you run out of data, you can always buy another two gigs. If you order online, Orange offers a “holiday” SIM card that includes one gigabyte of data for $44.86.
In Spain, Vodafone offers three cheap options in its stores. Its one-gigabyte package costs $11.20, the 1.5 gigabyte option costs $16.80, and the two-gigabyte option costs $22.40. Each of the packages works for 30 days. We would recommend the one-gigabyte option for a one-week trip, the 1.5-gigabyte package for a two- to three-week trip and the two-gigabyte option for a four-week visit. The recommended option is one gigabyte for one week and 1.5 gigabytes for a two- to three-week trip, not 1.5 gigabytes for a one-week visit and two gigabytes for a two- to three-week visit.
In Britain, the carrier EE offers a handful of options in its stores, including a two-gigabyte package for $21.75 and a four-gigabyte package for $36.25. Both plans are valid for 30 days.
Bottom Line We recommend foreign SIM cards with a few caveats. If you are traveling to multiple countries — among Britain, France and Spain, for example — you will need a separate SIM card for each country, and the costs will add up quickly. In that situation, contacting AT&T and Verizon to set up international roaming or tolerating T-Mobile and Sprint’s slow data speeds may be better than the extra trouble of juggling multiple SIMs.
Or if you are a business traveler with a good expense account, paying for AT&T’s or Verizon’s international packages are headache-free options. Verizon also offers its $10-a-day TravelPass for roaming in more than 100 countries — a nice option, though the cost will pile up during a longer trip.
Otherwise, you can save a lot of money and get a lot more high-speed data by planning ahead and buying a foreign SIM card.
May 25, 2016 – New York Times
LOOKING FOR FREE TRAVEL/AUDITION ADVICE?
- Eurail and Travel Services
- Eurail Official Site www.eurail.com
- Eurail Schedule www.eurorail.com/railsked.htm
- Rail Europe Passes for Eurail and various national rails
- 1-877-456-RAIL FREE in the USA
- 1-800-361-RAIL FREE in Canada
- 1-877-EUROVAC FREE (in US & Canada for air, hotel and car)
- Railpass Express
- 1800 722-7151 (FREE)