10 Possible Reasons You’re Not Getting The Gigs You Want


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Every artist has that group of gigs that they have tried and tried to book but to no avail. Here are some of the reasons why you may be losing those gigs to others.

  1. Your price was too high. Be sure you do your homework and know what the venue normally pays
  2. Your price was too low. This can brand you as an amateur. Know what you are worth!
  3. You’re not the right fit for the venue. Be sure you’re a good match for the venue before you make the call.
  4. You don’t have a good live video. Entertainment buyers need to know what you look and sound like before they will hire you.
  5. Your website or other marketing materials don’t look professional. No matter how good your act is, you will still be judged by your marketing.
  6. You don’t have experience successfully playing that kind of venue. Venues need to know that you can deliver at least as well as the other acts they hire.
  7. The venue requires that you draw fans to the show but you don’t have a large enough fan base. Be sure you have a large mailing list and following before you approach this kind of venue.
  8. You have a reputation of being hard to work with. Word spreads fast among venue owners and managers. They always do their homework before they hire you.
  9. You’re not a good salesperson. Booking gigs requires particular sales skills. Look for courses or workshops on booking or on sales.
  10. You not as strong as the other acts vying for the same gigs. Know your competition.
About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, a global business club for serious independent artists, songwriters, musicians and music professionals. Indie Connect helps its members increase their chances of success by providing practical career direction and education, combined with live and online industry networking opportunities. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, an artist manager, a booking agent, songwriter and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He is a published author and popular speaker at music industry conferences.