Thursday, March 31, 2011


Successful booking is one of the life-bloods of all Indie Female Artist.  Most Indie Artist have to initially book themselves because booking agents, for the most part, don't want to waste their time on any new Indie Artist, especially females Indie Artists. After all if you can't book gigs, how are you going to grown your fan base and how will you meet all your fiscal responsibilities?

Whether you contact a venue by email(lest recommended), by phone, or you drop by in person, you must be well prepared as most of these folks are on tight schedules, which means you must maximizes the time you have with them.  Here are a few questions to ask:

  1. What genre of music do your patrons prefer?
  2. What nights of the week do you have live music?
  3. Are there nights you prefer acoustic and bands?
  4. Do you require artist/bands bring a certain amount of paying fans?
  5. Currently I am booking for ......... and for .........?
  6. How does your calendar look for those time periods?
  7. Ask about sound system and sound engineer.
  8. Get information rates they pay and the best time to reach them by phone.
  9. Get all their numbers you can: work, home, cell, and personal email.
  10. Give them your business card with all your information on it, including your website.
  11. Make sure you reenforce that you will do exactly what they require to keep a crowd happy for the allotted time frame you will be performing.
  12. Show the Booker a few of your song set list for their review and comments. 
  13. Inform the Booker how many songs are in your repertoire.
  14. Make sure you know the expected off-load times and by when you must be ready to start.
  15. Above all be polite, respectful, and courteous.  If you do book one date, try for one or two more.  Many venues like to have the same bands come in for 1-3 nights every 4-6 weeks.

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