I’ve been using SonicBids for a few years now paying $10 a month for the subscription. . Before web savvy booking, promoters wanted hard copy promo packages which would add up to almost $10 a package when you consider postage, ink, paper, cd, photos, nice glossy folders & gas to the post office! So with this and the price of latte’s in mind, Sonics subscription is not bad at all.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success,… until this year. Some of the submission fees were too expensive. I’ve come and gone and returned again mostly because maintaining the profile there has some advantages. Besides having video, photos, press, audio and bio all in one easy to view place, the stage plot has also been of use when booking larger gigs who hire sound companies that must have a stage plot to prepare for you and make the show flow smoothly . I just easily copy & paste the stage plot page link in my email to the promoter when booking outside of SonicBids.
Now since 2011 Sonicbids has introduced “Token gigs,” FREE gig submissions ! This has been a wonderful thing for those of us who are paying members. 10 tokens for basic level members, 25 for supersonic level members. I started using the tokens with a full on commitment only a few months ago and am now beginning to spark interest and some bookings pretty much in concert with my efforts. i.e. when I forget to submit , things slow down.
I just learned a new & valuable lesson on SonicBids today that I needed to share. After receiving an update from SonicBids on one of my submissions, I logged on to my submissions page to check other submissions as well. In the past I’d see the red dot with words “Not Selected” after a particular submission and that was as far as I went. I used to check the “Details” link when rejected in the past, but after a while found no reason to check there because the promoters often use a computer generated generic response. So to save my valuable time I stopped checking.
Today after looking down my list & seeing that red dot on a previous June submission I decided to check the “Details” link to the right of the submission status out of curiosity, with a bit of intuition nudging me . Well, low and behold to my surprise there was a letter from the promoter/booker saying that they’d prefer to invite us to their Fall festival instead of the gig I submitted for, seemingly because the festival was a better paying & exposure opportunity !! Of course I immediately responded “Yes! ” and included a “Thank You!” in my short message. This was a lesson for me. From now on I’ll check the “Details” link on EVERY submission response.
I would like to suggest to the SonicBids crew that promoters responses of this nature somehow get to the artist in a more direct way, like within the Sonicbids submission notification email sent to the artists. I’m sure I’m not the first to almost miss a message this way. Now I’m really curious to go over all past rejections to read the “Details” link to see if I’d missed any others.
All in all I’m enjoying the opportunities SonicBids provides, looking forward to more , and very Thankful to them for the service . Rock On everyone and remember when looking for gigs, look under EVERY rock !!