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3 Unexpected Ways to Book Your Next Show

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We all know the tried-and-true techniques of booking shows, but what about the unconventional? What about the weird and unusual ways that bands have secured gigs? When you’re feeling stuck or a little bored with the same ol’, same ‘ol, try out some of these unusual, but successful, tactics.

5 College Towns You Should Definitely Play on Tour

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There's a special magic in independent music scenes centered around college campuses. The university years, of course, can be the most energetic and enthusiastic period in a person's life — that vigor is often channeled into a love for bands and artists or a love for music making. The end result can mean a super-charged underground: a perfect storm for touring independent acts.

Want To Be A Tour Manager? Here's Advice From 4 Industry Pros

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Tour life. It’s something most bands dream about, but what about balancing your musical ambitions with the logistical requirements of planning and preparing for life on the road? Is it even possible for an artist to become a tour manager, too?

4 Steps to Book More Gigs Through Your Fellow Musicians

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It’s common to hear, “There’s no blueprint in today’s music industry.” While that can be frightening for most, you should be excited by the fact that you can invent new ways to achieve your desired results. After all, you picked this industry because you like being creative, right?

Booking shows isn’t a pain point for many musicians. Booking shows at the venues they want, however, is. All too often, musicians spend their time cold-calling booking agents and venue owners hoping for a spot in their line-up, because how we're led to believe it's done. When they don’t hear back, or get that dreaded rejection, many give up and try again elsewhere.

If you’ve found yourself dealing with this all-too-common position, fear not. Just because booking a show through a booking agent is the way it's usually done doesn’t mean it’s the only way. When you’re stuck with where to look next, try reverse-engineering the situation.

4 Red Flags That You Need to Turn Down a Gig Immediately

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There comes a time in every artist's life where he or she is offered a shimmering, shining, amazing gig – maybe even the fabled Gig of a Lifetime! There are times, of course, when that's totally legit and it's not too good to be true.

There are other times, however, when a booker is blowing smoke you-know-where to get you to reduce your fee or agree to terms you might not otherwise be comfortable with. It may be hard to resist in the moment, but here are four times you'll be glad you turned down the gig!