5 Ways to Get Booked This Summer
Summer is fast approaching and the warm weather is the perfect backdrop for summer performances. The pickings may be slim as most of the popular dates for the summer months have already been taken. Here are five ways you can increase your chances to get booked.
COLLABORATE WITH ANOTHER ARTIST
One of the quickest ways to book a show is to collaborate with one of your fellow artists or a competing band. Offer your musical talents in exchange for a few minutes of stage time. Be a keyboard player, a production assistant, or a background singer for a band in your network. Don’t forget to reciprocate when your turn comes around.
ASK A PROMOTER
Contact local venues or show promoters, to see if you can be added to an already existing show. Sometimes there are cancellations or last-minute changes that may allow for an additional performer. If an opportunity is not available, don’t worry. This is good way to let the promoter know you’re available for future gigs.
DO A HOUSE TOUR
Have a friend who has a large back yard or living room space? Ask if you can do a show at their house. A house set is an intimate venue for small audiences, to introduce a new song or to get feedback on a new project. You can pass the hat around for donations or charge a small fee at the door. Make it an old school rent party with family, friends and friends of friends.
BOOK A RADIO SHOW
Contact local radio stations and offer to do an interview with an in-studio performance. Talk about upcoming shows or your next music project. Use the interview to inform listeners of your social media handles and ask for follows. Invite the listener to your world and welcome them in.
DO AN OPEN MIC TOUR
A tour of open mics allows you to bring your product to different markets and to audiences that you might not ordinarily come into contact with. Within one market you can do an open mic, visit a local radio station, do a podcast, or have coffee with a blogger. All of which can bring listening ears to your musical projects.