Category Archives: Your Band Your Business

Three Keys to Booking Gigs at Small Venues

It’s not what you do…it’s how you do it

If you perform as a solo singer-songwriter with guitar and/or piano, or if you have a small band, you are likely looking for gigs at local venues such as coffee houses, church and community music centers, and restaurants or bookstores with live music.

Kyle Rightley

Kyle Rightley at Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery in Verona, WI

Here are three keys to getting booked at small venues:

  1. Be easy to work with
  2. Be prepared
  3. Be politely persistent

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Crowdfunding 101

Dolla Dolla BillzYou’re in a band, which means you have no money. Ah, the eternal joke…but it’s true, of course. Those expensive instruments you bought certainly weren’t free. The thousand-watt amp that the neighbors constantly complain about was not purchased at a WalMart for a low, low price. And instead of going to law school, or learning to be an investment banker, you spent your formative years learning how to play “Stairway to Heaven” without messing it up.

So now it’s time to press your brand new CD – the CD that’s going to catapult you to stardom, the CD that you spent countless hours perfecting – but to add in that 16 page booklet and the unfoldable wall poster, it’s going to cost around $2,500. So how do you, the band manager who’s also living out of your parent’s basement, come up with that money?

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Gig Etiquette (or, don’t be a dick!)

etiquettebook_smManners. Etiquette. Remember those things your mother tried to teach you? “No, honey, that’s the SALAD fork.” Turns out they’re actually pretty important in the real world. Every situation has its own social rules that must be followed if you don’t want to appear to be a jackass, and gigs are no exception. No one’s ever really set those in stone, or even written them down from what I can tell. It’s more of a “you learn it as you go” situation. So, for those of you who don’t have natural gig manners, allow me to present:

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