1. How to Contact a Venue Manager

    After our post on picking the right venue we thought it might be helpful to give you a few tips for on contacting venue owners. Believe it or not there is definitely wrong and right ways to contact owners and how you do it can determine if you land a gig or not. For the most part it’s simply down to just being organized and respectful, these are just a few things to consider before sending off that email or making the phone call.

    An easy one to begin with is to not be pushy, this tends to come from musicians who are unorganised and strap for time, you may not have thought about it twice but if you’ve sent a dozen emails to a venue owner in the hope you can book a gig for the weekend then you’ve probably already ruined your chances. No one likes to be bombarded with emails so although it’s understandable that you may have gone a bit over board without realizing, make sure you simply follow up email or phone call a week or two later, you will give off a much better impression.

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  2. Finding the Best Venue for your Music

    If you’re still very new to the industry you’re probably looking to book as many gigs as you can, anywhere you can. It’s understandable that you will want to take any chance to get your music heard but ultimately there are right and wrong venues to play at, depending on your music. Where you play can have a huge impact on how your music is received so it’s important that you take that into consideration.

    There are a few things to think about when decide if a venue is the best fit for you or your band. Firstly make sure you’re up to date with the latest gigs and who is performing in your area, this can affect crowd numbers and exposure. If a large event is happening at the same time that you’re going to be performing its likely your crowd will be less than expected. If a huge band is coming into town then your audience’s attention might be elsewhere. Of course this all depends on what type of performer you are, if these other gigs are not within your genre th

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