Category Archives: Booking

“How To Be (And Get Work As) A Background Singer” by Judy Rodman

By Judy Rodman www.judyrodman.com rodmanjudy@comcast.net Having done over 40 years of studio and live vocal work as well as training other singers, I’ve compiled some qualities that this kind of singing demands.  To sing background vocals you need:

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Booking and Playing State and County Fairs (audio)

(Audio) Playing fairs can be very lucrative, and you’ll never play in a happier atmosphere! However, fairs have their own ins and outs just like any other kind of gig. And if you know what the fair really wants and you are successful at delivering it, it can be quite easy to get booked by…

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40 Alternatives To Playing In Bars

© 2010 Vinny Ribas Align yourself with a particular industry and perform at their conventions. For example, write and/or perform songs that would be of interest to or entertaining to medical professions. There are medical conventions year round and worldwide. Align yourself with a product or company. For example, network-marketing organizations like Amway and Mary…

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Music Registries For Weddings And Other Private Parties

Updated 5/2015 These are websites that provide lists of vendors for weddings and other private parties. If you perform at, or want to perform at these kinds of events, it would be worth while to list yourself on these sites. Wedding Wire Party Pop GigMasters Wedding Music USA Decidio Gigsalad BookaBand Eventective Note: Inclusion of…

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Getting Higher Paying Gigs

© 2009 Vinny Ribas There are really only 2 ways to make more money than you are from performing, and they are never-ending quests. The first is to play more gigs. The second is to play bigger, better, higher paying gigs. Once you start playing bigger and better gigs than you were, your goal is…

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When NOT To Take The Gig

 © 2009 Vinny Ribas As singers and/or musicians, we get the most enjoyment when they are performing for an accepting and enthusiastic audience. In search of that intense pleasure, we are often inclined to take any and every gig we can find. We play for pay, but we often play for free or just for…

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So What Is This ‘Niche’ Thing Everyone’s Talking About?

© 2009 Vinny Ribas Chances are that if you are an indie artist, or trying to make it as one, you’ve been told more than once that you need to ‘find your niche’. So what does that mean as it relates to a music career? Let me try to explain.

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Booking and Performing At Corporate Events

© 2015 Vinny Ribas  The most difficult thing about booking conventions, conferences and other corporate parties is often not the performance itself. It is getting the person in charge of hiring the entertainment to even know that your act exists and is available. Once you reach the right person and get their attention, actually getting…

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Popular Performance Circuits

© 2015 Vinny Ribas A circuit is a series of similar gigs that an act is well-received at  and that fills much of their calendar with. For instance, you can travel from fair to fair or college to college all across the country, with those gigs making up 75%% of your gigs. Another example is booking…

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Playing State and County Fairs

© 2015 Vinny Ribas  The fair circuit can be quite exhilarating because you’re almost always outdoors, you have mostly good weather, everyone around you is having a blast and you’re surrounded by clowns, magicians and every other kind of fun entertainment. The most important thing to remember about performing at fairs is that you musthave…

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