When is the last time you tried to book gigs? How often do you try per week?

Do you follow up? Are you pushy? Are you even worthy of a gig?

Many musicians wonder why they never book gigs but the truth is it’s fairly obvious, at least to the person that needs bands for their club.

Venues, clubs, theaters, coffee shops, yadda, yadda, yadda, need new acts.

They are constantly on the lookout for fresh new talent and established bands that can fill their need.

The opportunity is there but you may be going about getting the gig all wrong.

Let’s look at 3 things that keep most bands from getting gigs and how to fix it.

First the 3 things keeping you from booking gigs.

3 Things Keeping You From Booking Gigs

  1. You never follow up. People are busy and if you don’t follow up you will never get the gig. That’s like a 99% guarantee. Even booking agents with the best intentions that really loved your music will need you to follow up. No follow up email or call guarantees no gig.
  2. You’re a rockstar. Believe it or not most people don’t like rockstars. Well, they don’t like people who act like they’re rockstars. Nobody likes someone who feels like they’re entitled. If you act like the gig should be yours then you’re forgetting that it’s a gift, a chance on the club’s part, and an opportunity that you aren’t guaranteed to get.
  3. You don’t deserve the gig. I’m all for getting out and performing from the get-go. I played my first gig within months of starting my first band and less than a year from when I even picked up my guitar. It wasn’t a paid gig. We weren’t ready or worthy of getting paid at that point. We were given an opportunity to share our very mediocre music and we did.

3 Fixes To Book Gigs

  1. Follow up, follow up, follow up. – After you send your intro email to the venue be sure to follow up within a week just to touch base. Don’t be pushy. Just inquire. Follow up as a reply to your first email so the venue booking agent can quickly read the email chain.
  2. Leave your ego at home. – Nothing in life is guaranteed and that goes for booking gigs. Leave the attitude and ego at home. Instead be accomodating, flexible and NICE. If you really want to be a rockstar then you have a lot of work to do in the meantime.
  3. Practice, practice, practice. – One of the best ways for your band to get better at playing live and deserving big gigs is by getting out and performing. That means you need to book as many shows as possible. Initially the shows you book are going to be non-paid gigs. Book them! You need the experience so do it.

Do these 3 things and you’ll fix the 3 things keeping you from booking gigs.

It’s not rocket science. It just takes focused hard work and persistence.

How GigFaster Can Help

Practice your music, work hard, hustle and use tools that will make your job easier. Set yourself up for success.

We have a built-in network of over 6,000 venues, music promoters, and record labels. We can help you distribute your press kit and book gigs in cities all around the country.

Start for free today.

Remember, if you want to succeed, never quit!


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Craig Kelley

About Craig Kelley

Craig helps indie artists book more gigs, promote their music and submit to record labels @ GigFaster and GigFaster University . His latest release is his 7th album, Not So Blue. His band has supported Grammy artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Derringer, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel and many more. http://craigkelley.com He is also the host of The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians.

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