Are you struggling to get paid gigs? Are you making the money you need to make from performing? Does the phone feel like a 2-ton weight every time you pick it up to call a venue? Are you confused about exactly how to go about getting booked?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, this hands-on, in-depth workshop is exactly what you need. We will take away the fear and anxiety of booking yourself. In particular, we will cover:
- Where the gigs are/or and how to find them.
- How to find out who the right contact for a venue is.
- How to approach venue owners and managers, including exactly what to say.
- How to fill your off nights so you are working full time.
- How to convince entertainment buyers to give you a shot.
- Suggestions of gigs that you never knew existed.
- How to get gigs that you always wanted, such as on cruise ships.
- How to get on circuits such as the fair circuit, the college circuit etc.
- What it takes to get a booking agent.
- Things you might be doing or not doing that are keeping you from getting gigs.
- How to set your price, including when to charge more and when it’s worth it to drop the price or play for free.
- How to determine the real cost of your gigs and how much profit you are actually making.
- What tools are available, both free and fee-based, that can make your job much easier.
- What you should and shouldn’t include in an engagement contract.
- What to expect when you are on the road.
- Strategies on planning your gigs such that you develop a large fan base.
- What promotional materials you will need and how to use them.
- We will role play phone calls to venues so that everyone can make calls in confidence.
About The Speakers:
With an acoustic guitar, strong vocals, songs you can relate to, and a smidge of attitude, Nancy Moran is a working indie recording artist who performs at notable folk clubs (The Bluebird Cafe, The Birchmere, Club Passim), house concerts (Rouse House, Panzer House Concerts, Acoustic Concert Tours) and festivals (Kerrville Folk Festival) across the U.S.
Declared “Songwriter of the Year” by the Virginia Sound Achievement awards and WXGI Radio, she has released four solo albums, including her latest titled Something Old, Something New, which is her most acoustic record to date. Her CDs have garnered her public and commercial radio airplay on stations coast-to-coast and have landed her on the Gavin Americana charts alongside Delbert McClinton and Joan Baez. Additionally, she has been featured internationally on radio stations in Australia, Canada, and Europe.
Nancy is also a member of the acclaimed all-female folk troupe, The Four Bitchin’ Babes. The Babes are widely known for their tight harmonies and hilarious live performances. And you can find them performing in theatres and Performing Arts Centers across the country. The current line up includes Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint and Nancy.
The Babes released their seventh album in 2006 to accompany this new cast and their new show called Hormonal Imbalance: A Mood Swinging Musical Revue. And in 2009 they released their eighth CD called “Diva Nation: Where Music Laughter and Girlfriends Reign.”
Before founding Indie Connect, Vinny Ribas spent much of his life as a musician, bandleader, booking agent, artist manager and entertainment director for the Nevada State fair. As a result, he approaches booking from the unique perspective of having been the seller (musician), the buyer (fair director) and the middle man (booking agent).
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