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How to Become a Gig-Booking Guru

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Get it in writing: why your band should have a contract for bookings

By The DIY Musician

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When you’re booking a gig, you can negotiate anything you want over the phone or face-to-face, but you or the other person might easily forget something that was promised or discussed.

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A contract will outline in detail everything that is expected from the band and the person hiring the band — plus it will have signatures from both parties promising to fulfill those obligations.

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What to do when the song is over

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The moments after the song is over present a crucial opportunity to build momentum for your live music performance, and it’s one that many music performers tend to miss.

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10 Ways to Piss Off a Promoter and Lose Your Gig

By Sonicbids

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Imagine this scenario: You’ve just submitted your EPK for an amazing gig. After reviewing your submission, it turns out that the promoter loves your music and reaches out to book you for the show.

Sweet – you’ve officially scored the gig, so nothing can stop you now, right? Wrong.

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What you should do when your gig is over to make sure you get booked again

By The DIY Musician

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In my guide “How to Book My Band” I outline steps you can take to get gigs for your band. I also talk about how to plan and pull off a great performance.

In this article I’d like to discuss what you should do once the show is over. It’s not as simple as just packing up your stuff and heading to the party.

What to do AFTER the gig

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If you don’t make flyers for your shows, you don’t deserve to get booked

By The DIY Musician

… or so says Drew Ailes in his hilarious blog post “Six Reasons You Need to Flyer Your Shows.”

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A DIY Guide to Booking House Concerts and Supercharging Tour Revenue

By Sonicbids

I’m a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, and on my summer tour in 2013, I made $25,000 in two months without stepping foot in a bar, club, theater, fair, or festival. This summer, I’m on a 60-show North American tour, and every show is taking place in the living room or backyard of one of my fans.

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Tour Booking Will Never Be The Same After This

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How to book your first gig

By The DIY Musician

Maybe you’ve formed a new band that hasn’t played out yet, but you’re ready to take the stage. Maybe you’re a songwriter looking to transition from open mics to longer shows. Maybe you’re an old pro who’s coming back from a long break and you’re not sure how booking gigs works these days.

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The one thing you have to understand to get more gigs

By The DIY Musician

Not all gigs are created equal: how to get the right gig for you

So you want to play more gigs.

It seems like other artists you know are performing all the time, so surely there must be a secret formula to getting gigs. That, or all the other musicians up on stage are friends with the venue owner or have a manager getting the gigs for them, right?

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