Booking Your Band or Solo Act? Do your research first!

Its really hard booking a band . It’s a numbers game. The more calls you make the better your chances. After a while though, you might get so frustrated that you’ll jump at the first time someone shows interest. STOP! Do you have your list of questions handy? Did you research the venue before calling to be sure you’d be a good fit? This may be basic to some of us who’ve been booking for a while, however thanks to the web, there are now sites with reviews that can help you get quick answers in vetting venues.

I liked this article. It speaks for itself and illustrates a few important questions to ask, things to look for, and sites to help you with your research.

Remember to check out the club clientele, ask about the age of the customers. If sharing a gig, be sure to find out the age of the other bands following.

Check the past and present event calendar or videos on the site to see the usual roster. We were booked in a club by the manager who said he listened to our cd. I watched some videos on the site and felt uneasy, but thought “Hey, he heard the cd.” My intuition turned out to be right. We were not expected, nor appreciated. We were asked to finish early,  and a long way from home. Thank goodness all expenses were paid by the venue.

Happy hunting !!




About Deborah Magone

Professional Musician / Singer / Songwriter, Grammy/BMI/AFM Local 66/ SAG-AFTRA - Winner Producer's Choice Award for "Best Female Rock Performer 2012" - 21st Los Angeles Music Awards , Owner JoMama Music Publishing "Rock & Kick Your Ass Blues!"©dm , Music Instructor ,Producer, Reiki Practicioner, 6th dan Okinawan Seidokan Karate View all posts by Deborah Magone

2 responses to “Booking Your Band or Solo Act? Do your research first!

  • Helene Leonardi

    We had the experience, too not being appreciated!! Not so lucky as you. We paid for the art show and while we were checking in, I overheard one of the promoters say we accepted you but we don’t think you will make any money!! TOO late NOW!! Best I over heard a NUN running an art show at a Catholic College say,” We don’t need to advertise for the show, the Artists come any way!”” Last time for both of those! We did sell and make some of our expenses but not all. It’s crazy out there!!

    • Deborah Magone

      Ouch! Thanks for sharing, SO sorry Helene, I totally understand too well. I try to focus on working only with positive people who care and treat us respectfully. Mistake #1. So many venue owners look at us as adversaries instead of mutually supporting each other. The vetting process, part of which is listening for subtext while talking on the phone, or in person will raise red flags that artists must pay attention to. If someone gets past our guard then we as artists definitely need to look for the positive in the situation and learn from the lesson, then let go, keep the faith, and keep on creating! ❤
      P.S. I just posted something on my Facebook page, specifically for Womyn in the work world, applicable in all occupations.

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