If you start researching online you’ll find that there are many ways to get a gig.
You might receive advice such as “You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time” or “It’s all about who you know, not what you know” but it’s actually refreshing to come across advice written by an actual working touring musician.
The “actual touring musician” I’m talking about is Australian singer/songwriter Monique Brumby.
In an interview she did back in 2014 as part of the “Getting a Gig 101” series of events around Australia put on by APRA/AMCOS in which she was a facilitator, she shared some concise information around the following questions:
- How do you find the right venue?
- What information should you send to venue bookers?
- Do you need a publicist to promote your show?
- How to develop touring opportunities?
- What festivals should you apply for?
Even though this article was written in 2014, Monique’s insight into the music business is spot on and she should know, she’s actually doing it. Walking the walk and talking the talk.
For me, I think the best piece of advice in the article was regarding what information to send to venue bookers.
Be respectful of people’s time. Be polite and professional. If you haven’t heard back after a week, a follow up email is okay but allow a reasonable amount of time for them to get back to you. If the venue is good, a lot of bands will be pitching to play there just as you are – be politely persistent.
There’s plenty of more pearls of wisdom where that came from.
My advice is to read the article titled Tips Of The Trade – Getting A Gig 101 With Monique Brumby and note down what your favourite gig booking tip is and then let me know about it. I’d love to hear what your gig booking tips are.
Until next time, just get out there and do it,
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