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Top 5 Boston Venues for Independent Artists (And How to Book Them!)

The Sinclair in Cambridge. (Image via sinclaircambridge.com)

Navigating any city you're unfamiliar with can be difficult. Now imagine booking a show without knowing the music landscape – its venues, big local bands, booking agents, and so forth. Even if you've visited the town you hope to play, learning about the local scene specifically – and not just where to get the best burger – can be supremely beneficial.

A solid knowledge of the go-to venues is especially helpful. As an independent artist working to grow your fanbase, playing to the right crowd at an appropriately sized spot is crucial. And for anyone coming through a particular city for the first time, familiarizing yourself with the city's options will narrow down who you reach out to so that you're contacting clubs that might actually be interested.

OPPORTUNITY: Play the Coors New Legends Concert Series in NYC This Winter

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The next stop for the Coors New Legends Concert Series this winter is Leftfield on Ludlow in New York City's Lower East Side. TurnStyle Music Group and Coors Banquet have teamed up to share original music from local independent artists in showcases throughout the city, and they've reserved 10 open spots for Sonicbids artists based in the New York metro area!

How to Get Selected for a Residency at the Original Mother’s Chicago (Last Chance to Apply!)

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The Original Mother's, located on Division Street near the north side of Chicago, has been one of the city's classic mainstay music venues since 1968. Bands like The Velvet Underground, Cream, and (of course) Chicago have graced the stage in the venue's earliest years. And yes, Mother's is that bar featured in the '80s classic About Last Night with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.

OPPORTUNITY: How to Book a Gig at Wonder Bar in Boston

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Boston-based concert production, marketing, and booking agency The Brain Trust is now officially booking talent for Wonder Bar in Allston, MA! They're looking for emerging acts to feature at upcoming shows throughout the winter, and they're accepting applications from Sonicbids artists now.

Live From Your Living Room: How to Use Concert Window to Make Money and Grow Your Fanbase

Sonicbids artist Seth Glier hosts Concert Window shows in between touring. (Photo by Tom Moore)

What could be better than making money while playing music from the comfort of your own living room? For musicians between tours – or those who are just looking for a new revenue stream that doesn't require a big time investment – Concert Window is a fantastic live performance site where you can play for and connect with your fans.

To help artists who are new to the platform, we've teamed up with Concert Window to put on the "Live From Your Living Room Acoustic Showcase" – which means that your performance will have the promotional support of both companies behind you to ensure that it's a success. Five Sonicbids artists will be selected for the showcase, and will be compensated based on ticket sales, merch, tips, and digital downloads.

Seth Glier, a Grammy-nominated Sonicbids artist and verteran Concert Window user, has witnessed firsthand what a huge impact streaming shows from his home has had on his career. Below, Seth gives some great insight on how the whole process works and what the benefits are: