This article is about the subject of booking your band. It contains a few helpful tips that you can start using immediately when you are booking your band.
You need to come up with some sort of system to keep track of who you called, what was said, who you sent packages to and who you need to follow up with. I recommend getting a Day runner, they are compact and can help you stay organized by keeping all important information in one place. Inside you can keep detailed notes and reminder notices to follow up on phone calls or anything else that has to be done. At the very least get a calender and a note book and keep good records. a guide to booking a wedding band from WeddingMusicBands.com is an excellent resource for this.
Make sure you kit is the very best it can be before you send it out. If it is sloppy or unorganized that is the way you band will be perceived. Make sure your best song is the first song on your demo.
Do not lie about your draw. Clubs care about one thing, how many people you can get through the door. If you tell them you can draw 200 and only 50 people show up you have betrayed the trust that the club owner has given you, which will hurt you in future bookings there. If you donÕt have a large draw or you are just starting out tell the club owner that and then ask to open for a band that has a large draw. If you band is good you can get some great exposure to many people which will increase your draw. If you have a mailing list and it is a decent size (qty 500 people). Let the club owner know about it, this may help you booked on a better night or time slot.
Meet The Booker
If you are booking your band into a new venue or if your band is new, go down to the club and meet the person who is doing the booking. I find it is best to do this in the beginning of the week (Mon or Tues) when they are not so busy. You can personally hand over your press kit and you will get more attention that if you just called and dropped your package in the mail.
Put Together A Package
Get together with a few other bands and offer a package to the club owner. This can really work well if you make it different and interesting. An example might be: a few Reggae band got together and threw a Reggae fest. They found someone who makes Reggae jewelry, also a restaurant that brought in barbecues and cooked reggae food and a travel agency set up a booth about Jamaican vacations. Use you imagination and creativity. Put the package together and then go to the club owner and sell the idea to the booker. If you are a standard rock band consider an unplugged night with a few other bands. How about getting together with 10 other bands and have a rock marathon where every band plays one set? Anything you can do to make your show not just another band playing in a club will be much more appealing to the booker and will attract more people to come to the show to check it out.
Well there you have it, I have just started to scratch the surface on the subject of booking you band. I hope this help you and as always, drop me a line and let me know how your band is doing! Good luck and happy bookings.