Franklin James Show Business was created to fulfil a vision that was initially determined by Franklin James Entertainment Agency, “To improve industry standards through providing artists and clients with genuine industry knowledge.” This vision could not be fulfilled by the Entertainment Agency on its own, it needed a dedicated department to focus on “improving industry standards” hence – Franklin James Show Business.

Paula Bolton, founder of FJ Ents started out as a semi-professional performer at 17,

“I learned early on in my singing career that some venues, artists and agents were not as ethical or professional as others. There came a point in my career where I believed that many agents did not follow a certain “Ethical Code of Conduct”, which should be reflected to artists and to venues / clients / entertainment promoters.”

As a singer, I learned of issues such as:

  • Late payments
  • Cancellations from venues
  • Double bookings
  • Self-assessments
  • Changes to what was agreed initially in a booking
  • Extortionate fees put on top of my own fees by some other agents and more….

Having successfully operated as a professional freelance performer for 4 years, creating processes, strategies, and methods to improve her own “Singing Business,” 5 years later Paula started her entertainment business with a vision to improve the Entertainment Industry and provide exceptional entertainment to the UK.

Meanwhile…. Sharon Stevens, now MD of FJ Credit Management and Paula’s business partner, had been operating her own businesses for more than 10 years. Sharon has also worked with three blue-chip companies, implementing credit control and debt collection procedures, and obtaining over £120million in outstanding payments for these companies.

Armed with the skills and experience combined within the music industry, credit management and business, Paula and Sharon have been able to create companies that effectively support each other and their customers within the Music Industry.

Whilst running the entertainment agency Paula has been contacted for advice regularly by artists who have not been paid in a timely manner by the venue or agent. With the experience Paula has gained over the years, she found the industry based advice was helping artists obtain payment but still enabling the performers to retain the agent and venues for continual work.

Paula came up with the idea of opening a sister company FJ Showbusiness to help performers, sole traders and other businesses to collect payments, to advise and assist  book-keeping and to offer workshops and training courses to Agents to effectively manage their credit control, provide legal advice, Provide credit ratings on venues and to mentor young artists or those just starting out in the world of Entertainment!

The main purpose was to help artists, agents and venues obtain payment in a friendly manner.

Collecting debts doesn’t mean arguments, sending heavies around and ruining relationships! We have procedures in place that ensure you get paid, but also retain your friendly working relationship with your agent, venue, artist or company.

Quite often we even get asked to chase debt, teach and implement credit control and debt collection procedures from the people that we are chasing payments from! So that goes to show that the methods we use are always effective, but professional and ethical to our company ethos.

Using the methods devised with Sharon Stevens we aim to advise, educate and improve the issues that arise within the Entertainment and Music Industry.

Paula Bolton
Sharon Stevens