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20 Secrets Promoters Use to Book Bands

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When it comes to getting booked, it’s no secret there are a couple of key ingredients that go into a venue’s decision to say “yes.” But for many, what those secrets are, remain largely a mystery.

And the truth is everyone will have a slightly different process, preference, and method for booking bands, but if you’re an artist who is currently struggling to figure out exactly how to grab the attention of that venue and book yourself, then you’re going to want to pay attention.

How to Figure Out If That Venue Is Right for Your Music

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You don’t have to say yes all the time. “No” can be a freeing word. And sometimes, you’ll need to use “no” when deciding where to play gigs. But how can you figure out which venues to turn away and which to embrace?

In this post, I want to help you figure that out. I’ll encourage you to ask direct questions of yourself as well as taking The Perfect 30 Test.

365 Days on the Road: 5 Things I've Learned

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

Me and my partner Ken left one year ago to tour the USA in a 30-foot RV. We’ve played around 180 shows and shared stages with over 120 bands. We dove headfirst into both the "full-time RVer lifestyle" and "music-entrepreneur (we booked and promoted all the shows ourselves) lifestyle."

We went from living in nice apartments with running water, working WiFi and electricity in the beautiful Bay Area, California — to a used 2002 30-foot Winnebago that broke down seven times over the course of the year on the road.

How to Get Venues' and Promoters' Attention Every Time

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You want to play festival stages. You even want to tour the world. Or maybe you just want to start to get recognition in your own hometown. But, no matter what you do, you can’t seem to land a gig.

Whatever the dream or struggle, all musicians start out exactly where you are — but there are a couple key differences that set those who find success apart from those who don’t. That’s why we decided to speak directly with promoters to find out what exactly they look for when new bands reach out to them, and how you can make sure you’re grabbing their attention every time.

5 Quick Ways to Solve Common Tour Disasters

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Here on the East Coast, it's finally starting to warm up and feel like we might actually be entering that blissful time of the year known as spring. The sun is shining, the birds are happily waking me up with their chirping at 5am, and every band is beginning to announce tours in the coming months. It’s a beautiful time of year.

Now, whether it’s your first time touring or your 50th, if there’s one thing you can probably attest to it’s that no band is immune to a little tour trouble now and then. Sometimes it’s minor, and other times it can feel like the entire tour is cursed — but the truth is, it’s just a fact of touring. Nothing ever goes as smoothly as you’d hoped, and there’s always a few bumps along the way to contend with.

That said, I’m a big believer in preparedness, which is why we’ve put together this list of common tour disasters and a couple quick fix ways to deal with them as soon as they arise.