A Guide to Music for Corporate Events 01 October 2014 Admin Our Posts When planning a corporate event, the one thing you’ll want to get right is the music. Music occupies the guests at all times, helps in socialisation, and makes the event worth remembering. Whether formal luncheons or fun office parties, the right music can create whatever atmosphere you seek and turn the event into a full-fledged success.With so many music options, it can be hard to choose what kind of band to book. So to help you reach a decision (and possibly prevent any sort of music disaster), here’s a brief guide on music entertainment for corporate events.Musicians Based on Type of Corporate Event:Cocktail PartiesDescription: In the late 1950s, the cocktail hour was a time for socialising before having dinner. Today, cocktail parties, otherwise known as cocktail receptions, are held at weddings or business networking events. At these type of parties, guests socialise while eating appetisers and drinking cocktails.Music Suggestions: Since cocktail parties involve a lot of chatting and mingling, opt for string musicians. Jazz bands, string quartets, harpists, or pianists are great for soft and mellow tunes. Not only do they provide soothing background music, they also create a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. If you’re planning outdoor cocktails, book an acoustic guitarist or musicians with instruments that do not require electrical power.Office Parties or Company Fun DaysDescription: These type of parties are informal gatherings in a non-office environment. They are usually held to entertain current employees or prospective clients, giving them the chance to mingle and build rapport amongst themselves. The overall effect of the entertainment - as the name suggests - should be one of FUN. Christmas, New Year, and other holiday parties as well as themed parties fall under this category.Music Suggestions: Encourage frivolity and book high-energy music entertainers or trendy function bands to get people moving on the dance floor. Rock ‘n Roll band Franco and the energetic Karma Rockets play a broad selection of dancing tunes that will surely make guests buss with excitement.You can also go traditional and book Scottish Pipers & Dancers or a Ceilidh band. They’re great ways to break a sweat! Having a themed party? Everyone loves a tribute act! The Casino Royale Big Band would best fit a James Bond evening, while Honey Honey will be suitable for an Abba-themed event. VIP Business DinnersDescription: These dinners are formal evening receptions, normally with dinners and speeches. The atmosphere of these dinners portray class and sophistication.Music suggestions: Qualified musicians are a must-have for this type of event. Not only will they look appropriate in their lounge suits, they will also be able to choose the correct repertoire and play at the most suitable volume. Experienced classical artists like violinists, pianists, saxophonists, and harpists or Jazz & Blues bands will best suit this type of event. Photo from Jon Delorey via FlickrOther Things to Consider:Demographic: Remember that your music must be a good fit for the attendees, and not only for upper management. Go for hip and trendy tunes for the younger generation while turn towards classical music for an older generation. You can always put together a customised playlist and consider a mix of genres from different periods to fit your audience’s preferences. Location of the event: Match your musicians with the location of your event. Soloists would be great for intimate single-room events while a full band would suit a huge conference hall. Also consider the technical capabilities. Make sure that the band has enough power outlets to support all their equipment. Acoustic, mobile bands would best suit outdoor events.Music during Corporate Events:1. Welcome cocktailsMusic upon the arrival of guests will set the mood for the event. You can opt for a solo guitarist like Robin or a jazz band like the Smooth Jazz Duo to provide you a blend of contemporary and classical music.2. Background MusicOthers don’t particularly notice this, but the background music is essential in creating an ambiance in the venue. Badly-chosen background music can be utterly disturbing and may lead to disaster.3. Eating timeMusic can produce a comfortable atmosphere at mealtimes, whether lunch or dinner. This performance can be part of your main event.4. Post-dinner/DancingBy the time eating and speeches are over, the guests will be ready to dance. You can book a professional DJ to spin dance tunes, or if you prefer live music, you can opt for experienced function bands.Get In Touch With Us!Here at MusicForScotland.co.uk, you can find qualified and experienced musicians for your corporate event. Some of our musicians can even cater to every aspect of your event, so there’s no need to hire multiple bands. Not only that, we also offer a bespoke service which includes light, sound, staging, and A.V. As professional music entertainers who have been involved in performing for corporate events for many years, we know how stressful event planning is, so we’re offering a one-stop solution.For more information regarding corporate event entertainment in Glasgow and Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness, contact us by giving us a call or sending us an email!