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What No One Tells You About Booking Gigs in LA

One of LA's most famous venues, the Hollywood Bowl. (Image via moderncurves.com)

In the 1800s, scores of folks migrated west, seeking fortune in the form of gold nuggets. Today, countless musicians do the same – although the gold of their dreams comes in more of a round, record-type shape. For many, Los Angeles is the pinnacle of the music biz, but the competition is fierce, and there, more than anywhere else, only the strong survive. So how do you navigate these shark-infested waters? Here are some pro tips from Linda Fair, an LA-based A&R exec and publicist with 10 years of experience booking new talent and placing tunes in films via X-Rite Records and Java with Javelyn Indie Music Nites.

Top 5 Venues to Play in LA if You’re Still Building Your Fanbase

Witzend in Venice is a self-proclaimed listening room, but actually hosts more than just acoustic acts. (Image via singtuesdays.com)

Navigating the club circuit in Los Angeles can be tricky. There's no shortage of venues, of course, but not all of them are friendly towards up-and-coming acts, choosing instead to focus on performers with established followings. Playing shows is a primary boon for building a fanbase, though, so that logic is problematic for many. These five spots, however, are among the benevolent crop that are quite open to greener artists, both local and touring.

Standing on Sunset and Vine: How to Busk in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles may not be the most walkable city, but what it lacks in traditional foot-traffic it makes up for in tourists, stars, and film and media executives. If you've ever dreamed of rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest stars in the world, then read on to find out what you need to know about being a street performer on the boulevards, piers, and beaches around LA.