Venues large and small are always looking for great talent to showcase, keeping the entertainment they provide fresh and engaging. The music industry always has new things to offer, so venues must stay on top of what’s hot and continually feature shows their customers want to see. Bands that are small and just starting out need to find bars and clubs that cater to an audience that loves the music they play.
For bands looking to get booked, this means keeping an eye out for places to perform while making sure venue managers know who you are and what you have to offer to those looking for cheap concert tickets.
Getting a gig is not easy; but, there are things you can do to get your foot in the door and get your band on a stage.
Find the Right Places to Play
Finding the right bar or club to play is first and foremost. If the crowd that hangs at a venue you are considering does not like the type of music you play, chances are the band or venue manager will not book you. It is essential to find places that match your music genre.
Small wine bars work well with solo or small acts such as acoustic guitar artists who play and sing. If your band plays indie, then bars that are up-and-coming, catering to the younger generation will be ready to hire.
Consider the size of the venue, as well. Does your music play well amongst large crowds or smaller groups?
Finding the right fit will make you more marketable to the venue manager, making you more likely to get booked.
Contact the Venue Manager
Collect and contact managers of each venue you are considering. Before making any contact with the manager, visit the venue to know upfront if it works for you. Then, when you talk to the manager, you will pitch your band in a better light and increase your chances of getting booked.
Be ready to give an audition on the spot. A good sell is one that is well-prepared. If an immediate audition is not available, invite venue managers to watch other gigs you may have going on. If that is not possible, offer up demo samples so managers can hear your product.
Be flexible on dates. At the start, you may not play on a full house night, like Friday or Saturday. Take it slow and agree to what you are offered, just so you can prove your worth. It is vital that you prove your worth first. If you are successful, you will have that much more of a bargaining chip when you book future gigs.
Have Patience and Keep Trying
Once you have made your pitch and offered up a sampling, it’s all in the hands of the venue manager. Most will give you an answer right away. If not, select a date by when you would like to hear from them. If you don’t hear from them by that date, give them a call. Don’t harass or inquire frequently – that may lose you the job.
Getting booked for a gig is not easy. It takes persistence and patience. Make constant contact, keep your network strong and you will eventually find a place that will let you play your way to success.