A contract is necessary for the protection of you and the club that’s decided to book you. It’s important that once dates are settled and price has been negotiated, that you put everything down in writing.
Most musicians out there are working hard to break even. These stories from working bands include lessons on managing your band and getting gigs, anecdotes from bands on the road, and tips for pursuing your dream while holding down a 9-5 job.
Dealing with people on the phone is an important part of being a working musician. If you want things to pan out with the people you meet it’s a good idea to make sure you have all your bases coverd beforehand. Asking the right questions will make sure your next audition isn’t a waste of anybody’s time.
Keeping track of names and phone numbers of band members and other musicians you meet is a habit that will pay off. Almost as important as remembering the names of the people you meet, is remembering how to get in touch with them. Starting a little black book is a valuable tool that will pay off when you need it most.
First impressions always count for a lot. A band’s promo package is what sells them to a club. Most club managers are busy and will only spend a few minutes looking at your promo. Here are some valuable tips that will help you get the gig by making a lasting first impression.
Many aspiring musicians have the misconception that being a star means they won’t have to worry about business, corporate dealings, and the usual rat race that every other career has. Hans Fahling writes about a wider range of skills that have served him well as a professional musician.