A friend of mine with a good following in LA just told me how she showed up to her show last night only to find out that the venue had canceled it without her knowledge. Another touring artist I know discovered just two days before her LA stop that the promoter had a miscommunication with the venue and double booked the night with a wedding (after selling 200 advance tickets online).
I can't tell you how many horror stories I've heard (and experienced) where the venue and artist were on two completely separate pages about the show's details – and sometimes two completely separate calendars.
How do you prevent these catastrophes from happening? Advance the show!
Building your team as an artist can be incredibly overwhelming – especially when roles in the music industry are so loosely defined and everyone does a bit of everything.
Still, there are some hard and fast rules about which team members do what. To get you started, I’ve compiled all that research into one, handy mini-field guide. Happy team building!
Whether you're just starting your music career or you're a seasoned pro, there will always be opportunities that require you to assess whether they're right for your career, your trajectory, and your professional brand.
Do not live by the misleading expression, "Let the bridges you burn the light the way." Rather, try to create, grow, and develop as many genuine and trusting connections as possible and build longstanding relationships you can rely upon.
Not every opportunity is worth your time, energy, and resources. You know those local promoters or that friends’ band who asks you to play a hometown gig every week? Or that tour offer supporting a band that doesn’t really fit your M.O.?
Bless their souls. We all have them and the music industry ecosystem wouldn’t be stable without them. The good news – you can always say no, it’s just about declining the offers politely and tactfully, making sure to preserve the relationship.
Below are five ways to politely decline an opportunity that you don’t think is right for your career.
Musicians tend to fall into a few different camps when it comes to evaluating their own performances; some will be unsatisfied, no matter how well it went, while others will think that every show they play is the best show ever.
Then there are the rest of us who tend to waffle back and forth between these two extremes (often simultaneously) experiencing a sense of elation after every gig that’s quickly met with questions like, “What it it didn’t go as well as I thought it did?” or, “What if everyone was just pretending that they liked our set?”
Then again, sometimes you’ll have one of those gigs where it’s plainly obvious to everyone in the band that things simply did not go well. When this happens, the way you react is crucial to your long-term success. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind if you’ve just bombed a set.