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How Bands Can Get Booked at Major Festivals

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You’ve pictured it a million times. The roar of the crowd as you take the stage. The feeling of looking out at a sea of people, eager eyes, hands in the air. The first chords echoing through the festival. That overwhelming feeling of being on top of the world.

It’s kind of incredible isn’t it?

For many, playing the festival circuit can be a gateway to so many future opportunities. Beyond the incredible feeling of taking the stage to hundreds or thousands of eager fans, it can lead to more (and larger) bookings, new team members (like management), and of course it doesn’t hurt if you’re looking at signing to a label down the line.

But when it comes to actually making the connection and securing your spot, how does it work? We've put together a guide to getting booked at major festivals complete with advice from our in-house experts about giving yourself the best chance for success. Read on!

Honing Your Craft

Feb 6, 2019 06:00 AM

Cari Cole

15 Grammy-Winning Singer’s Secrets Revealed

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A version of this article originally appeared on Cari Cole's Standing in the Spotlight blog.

 

It’s Grammy time again. I already sent off the Grammy ballots for the nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards and it was a tough choice. There was sooo much amazing music this year, and I’m very interested to see how it turns out!

One thing is true: Grammy-winning singers and artists are badass. They have badass vocal chops, vocal techniques and killer vocal arrangements.  It’s important to know that in the entertainment industry, nothing is “natural.” Voices are worked on, worked over, and worked through, in every which way possible, to make them stronger, better, and shine greater.

Matter of fact, all big stars have a vocal coach at some point, if not on speed dial.

Here’s a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of the top 15 best-kept secrets of Grammy-winning singers from a behind-the-scenes view.

Spotify Pre-saves: Everything You Need to Know

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As a working musician, you spend so much of your time promoting your own work and trying to get people to listen to it — let alone actually creating the art itself. There are an unlimited number of things you can do to get fans excited about what’s coming next and potentially reach new ears, but one interesting thing that I don’t see many acts taking advantage of is Spotify pre-saves.

What Are Band Managers Looking For?

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Your band is playing a dive bar, and you totally kill it. The audience is small but into it, and it's evident you're meant to be playing arenas. After the gig, a guy in a three-piece suit walks up, hands you a card, and tells you he's some famous manager and looking for an act just like you. “You have what it takes to be a star!” he'll tell you, before imploring you to call him. There's even movies and TV shows that emphasize this fantasy.

The fact is, this may have happened at one point in decades past, but it simply doesn't happen anymore. You need to work really hard at networking and hustling to get a “chance encounter” like that to occur. So how do you get a manager to notice you? Here are four tips to help you start on that path.

If You’re Not Using Facebook Targeting for Your Music, You Really Should

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The idea of advertising on social media seems so foreign to many people, and I think it’s because they either assume it’s too expensive, too complicated, or that it’s reserved solely for big brands. None of these assumptions are true, and if you’re avoiding playing around with ads for any of those reasons, you’re doing yourself a disservice!