Do you have a booking agent?

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  1. Bluzeboy

    Bluzeboy Gold Supporting Member

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    Showcases, sell tickets for your cut of the profit, paying your own way for opening regional shows are you kidding me?
    Y’all NEED mgt in the worse way. You’re being taken advantage of if you’re really doing this.
     
  2. guitarmook

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    Jivey -

    My current band does not have a booking agent. We're doing pretty well, anyway. Everybody actually pitches-in, and makes contacts through their own network. I think each of us have brought-in a few gigs.

    Our singer was very successful in being out and about and somewhat direct. He would go two-stepping several nights a week and talk to people. Find out who to talk to, and straight-up ask for gigs. It worked. It probably helped that he was a near regular.

    Between all of us trying to get a gig here and there, we did 24 gigs in 6 months. We actually MET in May and jumped straight into it.


    I know one promoter in town - I have not approached her, or even asked the band if I should approach her, as we seem to be doing well... She does a number of the 6th street, cover-band things, and if you don't know who I'm talking about, I'd be glad to give you her name. I think it's kind of a racket, but what do I know?
     
  3. Bankston

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    Yea, well, easier said than done. We've been talking to a pretty well known manager but not sure he's interested.
     
  4. Bluzeboy

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    Understand but you really need one. Gotta be careful in your choice but a good one that believes in what you bring (actually that is essential) is worth their weight in points. Time to be a business instead of a hobby IMO.
     
  5. jammwill

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    I'm thinking about getting one - we get a lot of crappy gigs. Had a gig in November at a brewery. Originally we were supposed to go on 8 - we got there at 7 and were told you're going on at 7:30. Got rushed onstage - no soundcheck. For half of our set there was feedback from the vocal microphones. I look back at the sound booth and the sound guy isn't even in there - he's over at the bar talking to people. Then, we get rushed offstage after the set. The icing on the cake is we didn't get any apology, and didn't get paid either. It might be time to utilize a professional, I think.
     
  6. Bankston

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    Preaching to the choir, my friend. I've been saying the same thing for a while now. We've got a big show coming next month opening for Last in Line and the manager we're talking to is supposed to come see us in person. From what I'm hearing he digs our music but he has a couple of concerns. Hopefully they can be resolved because he's worked with some of the biggest name in rock.
     
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    What do you think his concerns are?
     
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  8. Bankston

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    Hmm, let's just say it has to do with physical fitness of some band members, haha.
     
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  9. Bluzeboy

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    I don’t understand. Y’all, excuse the wording, fat old men?
    If this is not being too personal.
     
  10. Bankston

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    Pretty much, hahah
     
  11. Pastafarian

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    I have worked with a couple agencies. One that was a National and they only paid out every 30 days. I was fine with it but the rest of the band wasn't so even though they could have got us some great gigs we only used them once. I think they were called Vantage or something like that. I have used many local bookers. Sometimes it's the only way to get into certain rooms. Typical fee was 15%.
     
  12. Jonny1275

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    Does getting arrested count?
     
  13. Lucidology

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    Used to ...
    Played all over America using 'em ...
    Rarely, if ever, these days
     
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    Yes, my wife.

    Around Wednesday of each week I ask about our weekend plans, and she informs me of our 'bookings' ... where we're going and with whom. ;)
     
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  15. Laurence

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    When I was young and really 'pro', yes. We worked all the time, way better than if we were on our own, with a split to the agent. If you wanted to work and tour, it was important back then. I don't know about todays traveling world.
     
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    That sounds like a tough way to gig
     
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    I have used them off and on for years. Mostly 15% rates. Some negotiated lower.
    What you don't want to do is be exclusive with an agent. Meaning every gig you play you pay the agent whether he books it or you do.
    We book about half of our own and get the other through an agent. He does get some better gigs than we would typically get ourselves. He has a good hold on the local casinos, and also does a pretty good job with the occasional special events.
     
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    I have used them in some bands and a good booking agent can open some doors. But if you know the music scene, it isn't as big a benefit. I have been playing in originals and cover bands for a very long time in the same area, and I know who to talk with to get gigs. If I don't, I know people who do. I do most of the booking for all of my bands and we always have places to play.
     
  19. Bankston

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    The gigs are easy. Just not very lucrative.
     

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