Gulf Coast Bands Music Forum  
GCB Home Photo Gallery Links GCB Myspace
Go Back   Gulf Coast Bands Music Forum > Gulf Coast Music Scene > Tips and Tutorials

Notices

Tips and Tutorials Tips and Tutorials for the music business. Have a tip..please share and help each other succeed.


View Poll Results: did this article help you
yes 5 100.00%
no 0 0%
Voters: 5. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-18-2008, 01:40 AM
Mallozian's Avatar
the rev slither of the church of malloz
Productive GCB Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,241
Rep Power: 158
Mallozian is allowed to buy Marc a drink and leave right afterMallozian is allowed to buy Marc a drink and leave right after
intro to booking original acts

originally posted on get signed.com
One major advantage that a cover band holds over an all-original act is the abundance of solid paying gigs available. Booking a band that plays primarily original material is more challenging and normally much less lucrative. Although each situation is different, here are some basic concepts that should make the process less painful.

Press Kit
Attempting to book a gig is basically a sales pitch. Before you begin looking for gigs, you should prepare your presentation, usually in the form of a press kit. The press kit, similar to a personal resume, is often the first impression of your band (or product). It is imperative that a band with professional aspirations invest adequate time and money into making the best presentation possible. Each band's press kit will be different, and kits can be modified to fit an individual situation. Here are a few items which will likely be included in any press kit.

--Recorded material, live or studio recordings
--A concise biography or history of the band
--Any positive press, include the date/publication
--Photograph, A good live photo will work in a pinch
--A listing or reference from venues already played

The best advice we can give is to keep your kits efficient and as inexpensive as possible. Check out these books on how to build killer press kits.

With good press kits built you are ready to attack the challenges of booking original music. As you have probably already learned, this is where it gets tough. DO NOT get discouraged! This is a tough business and club managers and bookers are some of the toughest people to impress. Many times the rejections or unresponsiveness you will undoubtedly encounter have nothing to do with your presentation, music or salesmanship. You must keep yourself focused and excited about each new prospect. Proper follow-up can sometimes turn a 'dead' prospect into an opportunity.

Finding a venue
The most obvious choice for a venue is a local bar or nightclub which hosts live original music. But, you should always be on the lookout for alternative venues that will provide you with a different audience. Keep up-to-date on all regional events like festivals, benefits, and large parties that feature live music. These can be great venues if the events are well organized because you will have the opportunity to perform in front of an audience that doesn't necessarily frequent nightclubs. Also, consider creating your own venues. If you have full production capabilities and a good promotions network, you can produce your own shows. The goal of performing live is to showcase your music to as many different people as possible, so keep that in mind when considering potential venues.

Approaching the venue
As you begin looking for gigs, you'll find that its not always easy to get to the right person. The key to success is to be professional and persistent. Whenever possible, try to personally deliver your press kit to the venue during off hours or weekdays. Write down the name and phone number of the person you met with. Be sure to ask what time and day is most convenient to follow up. Then, follow up exactly when you are supposed to. Always be respectful of the booker's time, and be persistent, never pesky.

Some venues like to handle booking on only one or two days a week. Make notes of those days and respect the venues wishes. For example, we have dubbed Tuesday as "Universal Booking Day" because so many regional venues only book on Tuesdays.

Confirming the gig
Once you have made the sale, confirm all the gig details immediately. Make sure you understand the venue's expectations on issues such as load-in time, sound check, performance time, set length, number of sets, pay, and promotion. Then, make sure that everyone in your band has all of the pertinent information. We find it very helpful to have a written 'Gig Sheet' with the who/what/when/where and any helpful information like important people to look for and greet, directions or hotel information.

Club owners and bookers greatly appreciate a band that is professional. Failing to arrive on time for sound check or take the stage on time are the two most common complaints about bands from the venues. Being prompt is critical to good first impression and will only help your chances of being invited back. Understanding the venue's expectations and respecting them will eliminate some of the tension that inevitably surrounds live performances.

Probably the best book out there on how to book your band into clubs AND get the best price is Jeri Goldstein's "How To Be Your Own Booking Agent (And Save Thousands of Dollars)". It's got over 400 pages of booking tips and strategies for indie artists and we highly recommend it if you're serious about playing live.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in Technorati
Reply With Quote

  #2 (permalink)  
Old 08-18-2008, 02:20 AM
guitarest's Avatar
Band Member
Band Whore
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ms Gulf Coast
Posts: 745
Rep Power: 142
guitarest thinks they are the cool kid
Great post, thanks dude.
__________________
Jocko
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in Technorati
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 08-18-2008, 03:52 AM
ssspert's Avatar
Band Member
GCB Senior Citizen
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: wemo
Posts: 3,627
Rep Power: 135
ssspert can sit with Marc and buy him a drinkssspert can sit with Marc and buy him a drink
The same approach pretty much applies to a cover band.
It depends on the venue on how hard it is to get in there period.
__________________
My Myspace page (original music on there too!)
email ME

My Facebook page ADD ME!!!

“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.”

James Dean
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in Technorati
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 08-18-2008, 04:25 AM
guitarest's Avatar
Band Member
Band Whore
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ms Gulf Coast
Posts: 745
Rep Power: 142
guitarest thinks they are the cool kid
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssspert View Post
The same approach pretty much applies to a cover band.
It depends on the venue on how hard it is to get in there period.
Got that list for me Bert?
__________________
Jocko
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in Technorati
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 08-18-2008, 07:02 AM
ssspert's Avatar
Band Member
GCB Senior Citizen
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: wemo
Posts: 3,627
Rep Power: 135
ssspert can sit with Marc and buy him a drinkssspert can sit with Marc and buy him a drink
Yeah I'm at work right now. I'll type it up and send it to ya tonight, if I'm not dog tired.
__________________
My Myspace page (original music on there too!)
email ME

My Facebook page ADD ME!!!

“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.”

James Dean
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in Technorati
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Taco Bell Sets Stage To Feed The Beat For The Next Generation Of Indie Rock Acts Marc Music 0 09-08-2008 08:54 AM
NACA Contracts Sonicbids To Handle Block Booking Marc Music 1 05-13-2008 12:27 PM
New Orleans Promoters Marc Bookings 0 08-24-2007 09:04 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:31 AM.


Sponsors





Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0
Copyright GulfCoastBands.Com 2004-2008

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47