Everybody knows New York City is a hub for budding artists, but does everybody know which venues cater to musicians who are still building a fanbase? Each plays a crucial role in the independent music scene, and scoring a show at any of them can provide a big push to your career. Learn more about these spots below, and if you think your act is a good fit, give it a go. All of them are open to booking inquiries.
– there's even a different baby grand piano designated for each stage. The sound is so great that it's not uncommon for an artist record a live set at Rockwood Music Hall for a physical release.
Why it's great for new bands: Because it's open every day, there are more opportunities to get booked. And the variety of music is vast, so it's not a place that singles out any specific genre.
How to get booked: Requests are received at email@example.com. Read the rest of the rules here.
– both in appearance and vibe.
Why it's great for new bands: This spot is where a lot of huge artists performed as they built their own fanbases. Think Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, and Lady Gaga, just to name a few.
How to get booked: Emails with an EPK can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. They accept hard copies by mail, and phone calls, too. See the details here. a go-to spot on the Lower East Side if you're looking to catch local and touring acts at reasonable prices (both door and drinks). There's a showroom and an upstairs lounge, where performances by artists of all types happen every day of the week.
Why it's great for new bands: It's one of the venues that hosts CMJ showcases, so you know this place is on every journalist's and label's radar.
How to get booked: Email is the preferred method of contact, and interested artists should touch on their plans for promotion. Read the specific instructions thoroughly here. – named for B.B. King's guitar – hosts rising artists nightly.
Why it's great for new bands: Because of the well-known performers who've played the main stage, its location, and the fact that it's free to get into the smaller area, the venue boasts both a great draw and accessibility to all. (Some late-night shows are 21-and-up, though.)
How to get booked: Fill out the booking form on the club's website.
Why it's great for new bands: All things considered, playing either room at the Bowery Electric is a pretty monumental notch in any indie artist's belt.
How to get booked: There's one contact for the main room and two bookers for the Map Room, each of whom works with a specific genre. Check out the details here.
Always remember to read all of a venue's instructions when contacting about shows. If you don't get the gig you want, peruse this post for help.