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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.

How to Find the Right Music Venue for Your Band

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Any show you're able to play is a great show, right? Especially if you're a young band struggling for exposure, you're likely to jump at the chance to play any show no matter what type of venue it's in. But is that place you're playing really the best for you? Will it aid your future success? And will it make your band look and sound phenomenal?

Consider these five things the next time you're searching for the perfect music venue for your band.

4 Times When Playing for Free Might Be Worth It

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With record sales sliding and streaming payments still not quite adding up to a reasonable living for many artists, it often falls to touring to pay the bills. Sadly, though, even that doesn’t always work out. Performing live can be one of the most reliable ways to pad your bank account, but if you’re just starting out, you won’t be grabbing large advances and selling out shows (yet).

You need to work your way up to that level of success, and sometimes, that might mean playing for free, even though that means forgoing a portion of your primary source of income. It can be a hard realization, but the good news is that there are a few instances when standing onstage and entertaining a crowd for free can be worth it. Here are four of them.