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Top 5 Venues to Play in New York if You're Still Building Your Fanbase

Pianos on the Lower East Side is a stellar spot for up-and-coming artists. (Image via theroadsouthern.com)

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.

What No One Tells You About Booking Gigs in New York City

Rebirth Brass Band at Nolafunk Crawfish & Music Fest at Governor's Beach Club. (Photo by Greg Aiello)

Many bands dream of massive success in the Big Apple, but if you're not native to New York, how do you make it there, and by proxy, make it anywhere? It's no secret that NYC venues require a special brand of savvy wit to navigate through promoters, booking agents  even suspicious door guys. Luckily, Howie Schnee, co-founder of Creative Entertainment Group (CEG) and longtime NYC impresario whose company promotes over 1,000 concerts a year, is spilling the six secrets to book your next gig in NYC.

Taking It to the Streets: Need-to-Know Info on Busking in New York City

Photo by Jordan Starr

Busking, or performing on the streets, is a great way to find out if you have what it takes to draw a crowd. Though it might be a perfect testing ground for your songs, stage presence, and endurance, buskers can also run into problems with bureaucrats and law enforcement if they lack the right permits, or don’t know the rules. Here are some guidelines to help you busk in New York City.