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Why (and How) You Should Prep for Your Summer Tour Now

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While we may still be scraping ice off our cars in most parts of the country, it’s definitely not too early to begin planning for your upcoming summer tour. Besides the fact that it gives you something to look forward to (warmer days! T-shirts! Ice cream!), it’s actually in your best interest to start planning months in advance, so that you’re giving yourself plenty of time to properly prepare.

Simply put, there’s a lot that goes into putting together a successful tour, and you don’t want to rush it. Here are five ways you can prep for your summer tour right now.

How Bands Can Get Booked at Major Festivals

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You’ve pictured it a million times. The roar of the crowd as you take the stage. The feeling of looking out at a sea of people, eager eyes, hands in the air. The first chords echoing through the festival. That overwhelming feeling of being on top of the world.

It’s kind of incredible isn’t it?

For many, playing the festival circuit can be a gateway to so many future opportunities. Beyond the incredible feeling of taking the stage to hundreds or thousands of eager fans, it can lead to more (and larger) bookings, new team members (like management), and of course it doesn’t hurt if you’re looking at signing to a label down the line.

But when it comes to actually making the connection and securing your spot, how does it work? We've put together a guide to getting booked at major festivals complete with advice from our in-house experts about giving yourself the best chance for success. Read on!

How to Fund Your Tour in 2019

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You've got big dreams of going on the road – so what's holding you back? The answer, of course, is money.

Unless you're especially established, money is always an issue, and tours can be expensive. You'll probably need a van or bus, money for meals and gas, not to mention hotels. So how do you even get the ball rolling? Fortunately, we're here to help! Here are three ways you can fund your next tour.

House Concerts and 4 Other Unique Places to Play Your Music

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Everybody talks about club shows, probably because almost everybody goes to club shows. Your community surely has at least one venue that makes its money with live bands, bar food, and alcohol, and these places can be a home away from home for local musicians.

Many places, however, suffer from a tight scene. These bar shows can be hard to get, there can be stiff competition for audiences, and complaints about unfair pay in the club scene are rampant. Fortunately, as your band picks up momentum with your live schedule, there are numerous other places to play, some you may never have considered. Here are five of them.

6 Things Every Band Knows is True About Playing a Local Show

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There are a few things you can always count on. Like peanut butter and jelly tasting good together or wanting to pet every dog that walks by. Likewise, there are a few things that are almost guaranteed to happen at every single local show — good and bad.