Getting The Gig: Questions To Ask The Entertainment Buyer

© 2009 Vinny Ribas

If you are booking yourself, these are questions you should ask any new entertainment buyer you call. Pick the ones that fir your scenario and create your own questionnaire.

  • How far in advance do you book?
  • How big is the venue?
  • How big is the stage area?[private_member]
  • Do you supply sound? Soundman?
  • Do you supply lighting? Lighting tech?
  • Do you supply any other equipment?
  • What time can we load in? Sound check?
  • How many sets? How long are they?
  • Do you charge at the door? How much?
  • Will people be dancing?
  • Do you serve food? Are any meals included?
  • What other acts have been successful there?
  • Are sleeping rooms included? How many? Recommendations?
  • How far are you from the airport?
  • Do you provide an airport shuttle? Is there a shuttle?
  • What can I do to help you?

It is best to discuss your price after you know the answers to these questions so that you kow what your costs are going to be. Also, the last question is the most important. Buyers need to know that you are looking out for them as much as you are for yourself!


About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, an artist management, consulting and training company. The company also hosts networking and educational events and has published an app that connects people to the Nashville Music Industry. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter, studio owner, producer and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He has also coached over 1000 artists and songwriters. He is a sought after speaker and has authored over 400 music industry articles. Vinny is also the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment, an independent film and television production company.