Tag Archives: Performing

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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10 Steps For Establishing Yourself As An Indie Artist

© 2009 Vinny Ribas  It is not uncommon for artists at all levels to feel ‘stuck’, wondering what to do next. The number of tasks that seemingly need to be done simultaneously can be overwhelming. The thought of trying to do everything yourself can be literally disabling. If only there was a formula to follow.  Unfortunately,…

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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 Casinos

© 2015 Vinny Ribas Casinos come in all shapes and sizes! Because of that, they use virtually every kind of musical entertainment there is. From singer/songwriters to musical reviews, and from pop, country or rock dance bands to strolling violin players. They have small stages for solos acts and duos. They have dance rooms or…

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Tips To Make Your Road Gigs Go Smoother

© 2009 Vinny Ribas I spent the better part of fifteen years on the road, playing every kind of venue from scary truck stops to the world’s largest, most eloquent luxury cruise ship, the SS Norway. In most of the locations, the venue provided lodging for us. Some provided meals. Some gave us nothing but…

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10 Mistakes Artists Make When Booking Themselves

© 2008 Vinny Ribas Bragging: It is not about how good you are! It’s always all about how you can help the person or the venue hiring you meet their goals! Making too many or unreasonable demands. This sends up an immediate red flag that says, “These guys will be difficult to work with.” Be…

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It’s OK To Be Imperfect

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The Leader Of The Band

© 2009 Vinny Ribas Every business has a leader – someone who establishes the personality, attitude, work ethic, moral standards and code of conduct for the rest of the company. The person who founded the company automatically takes on that role from the very first day. Oftentimes he (or she) doesn’t even realize the impact…

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Stay Open-Minded To Options

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A Formula For Making $100,000/yr. As An Indie Artist

Pro Members Only © 2009 Vinny Ribas Many artists believe that the more friends that they have on their social networks, the more popular they are. It certainly sounds impressive to say that you have 20,000 friends on your MySpace site. From a numbers standpoint alone, you have certainly increased your odds of finding real…

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