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How To Get Gigs As A Musician & Get Paid: Our Guide
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- "I've been so happy to see my Spotify go over 1M streams, which is crazy. MG secured 20 official Spotify playlists. An amazingly successful campaign" "I've been so happy to see my Spotify go over 1M streams, which is crazy. MG secured 20 official Spotify playlists. An amazingly successful campaign"
- 1. Business Cards 1. Business Cards
Make them eye-catching but simple. Include your name, what you do (Classic Rock Band, Original Folk Duo), your phone number, your email address and your website address. If you’ve already defined your brand, make sure that your business cards are in keeping with that brand. Read more about business cards and more in these .
- 2. Website 2. Website
There are several free or inexpensive options out there to create an effective site that will do the job. Web hosting companies like BandZoogle and Wix provide tools to design your own. I pay about $20 per year to register the domain name (which protects from anyone else from taking it) and $20 per month for hosting, which also includes an exclusive business email address. You can set up pages for a bio, a blog, pictures, video, reviews, merchandise sales, your show schedule, and more. If you have a website, this is also a great place to host an online EPK. Read more tips on this in our guide to .
Having a website will make you look a lot more professional, as well as making it much easier for promoters,or other potential clients to find you.
Where Do I Find Live Music Gigs? The first thing you need to do is identify your sound and your audience. Some live music venues, especially those who promote original music, feature all kinds of genres… you may see a punk band followed by a hardcore country group followed by a vocal quartet all in one evening. But most often, a venue has a certain clientele they’re trying to please and a particular type of music they expect from their artists.
Cover music buyers aren’t trying to discover new sounds, or be as hip as they can… they are in business to make money, and whatever they’ve found works for them in terms of music genre, that’s what they will pay for, and will have little to no interest in experimenting. But whatever kind of music you’re offering, there are some ground rules:
- 3. Promotion 3. Promotion
Every artist should have, at a minimum, business cards and a website. An EPK is a good idea as well, but in lieu of that, you can always include links to your website in your emails. Creating colourful flyers for gigs and posting them around town never goes out of style. T-shirts and other merchandise can get help to advertise while putting some money in your pockets. Remember, the music business may be a fun business, but it is a BUSINESS
You need to appear professional at all times. Thankfully, looking and acting like a pro is not difficult or even all that expensive. If you’re not good at writing bios, creating websites, or designing promotional items, find people who are!
- 4. Where & How 4. Where & How
There are many different places to play… bars, clubs, restaurants, brewpubs, wineries, coffee shops, theatres, city celebrations, music festivals, weddings, company parties, charity events, casinos, rental housing communities, grand openings… I’ve done all these and more! Any time there is a gathering of people who want to have a good time, music can complement that event. Get creative in finding places to play. To find and connect with the decision makes and the buyers, email is ok, the phone is better, and a visit is best. It’s all about creating relationships. People like to work with people they like.
- 5. How Much & How To Collect 5. How Much & How To Collect
For original artists and bands, the sky’s the limit. For most of your shows, until you become a hot enough commodity that venues will guarantee you a certain amount, you’re going to be paid according to how many people you can draw. Promoting the show is key. Put up flyers, use social media, consider placing ads in the local papers, call friends and family and invite them personally (this works far better than a text or general invite). Believe in your product – your music and sell it.
Be sure to have agreements in place (written or verbal, it’s your call) with other acts on the bill as to how they take will be split. For cover musicians, things are more cut and dry… you will usually play for a set amount. For a typical restaurant or brewpub gig, expect to play 2-4 hours and be paid between $150-$300, more or less. Put out a tip jar if allowed… I made almost $4,000 in tips alone last year.
Most venues pay in either cash or check; remember, you may be issued 1099 for what you were paid, so be prepared to pay taxes on that money. If you perform often, you might consider making advance payments throughout the year to the IRS so you don’t get hit with it all at once come tax time! Use performance agreements, or contracts, at your discretion. If the venue or buyer requests one, by all means, draw one up.
- 6. Remember… It’s A Business! 6. Remember… It’s A Business!
Act like a professional while being relaxed and being yourself. The music business is certainly known for its colorful characters, and yes, it’s art… but it’s also a BUSINESS, and if you want to make money at it, you’ve got to treat it as such. Be polite, be friendly, be dependable, be honest. Always be on time, and watch the clock! Make sure your sets and your breaks are timed correctly. Don’t sit in the corner staring at your phone while on break; work the room and chat with customers. They’ll likely stay longer if they feel they’ve made a connection with you, and will probably tip better (if applicable). Learn the staffs’ names.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS thank the buyer for hiring you!!! I cannot stress this enough. You should thank them in person if they’re at the show, then send a follow-up email the next day thanking them again and asking for another date. I also ask if they’d be willing to write a sentence or two about how they felt about my performance (as long as things went well!). Lastly, if they know of any other venues that might be interested in booking me, and if I can use them as a referral. Squeeze every bit of opportunity out of every gig!
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