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How to book corporate gigs and make big bucks

How to book corporate gigs and make big bucks

The ability to play corporate gigs can almost be considered a secret weapon for the performing musician.  Most people don’t realize that not every musician tours or plays sold-out shows. Some artists play weddings, retirement homes, and business luncheons—and they make a lot of money doing it. I want you to make a lot of …

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5 things to love about being an indie band

5 things to love about being an indie band

Love is in the air. Candy-shaped hearts line the shelves of every market, while oversized teddy bears get carried out of drugstores in droves. It’s that beautiful moment of year called Valentine’s Day, where whether you like it or not, you’re going to be smothered by all that love has to offer. But to celebrate …

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Why venues aren't returning your emails

Why venues aren’t returning your emails

You’ve got great music, a couple decently recorded EPs out, and are eager to tour and play bigger local shows. But there’s just one problem: the venues you contact never seem to return your emails.  I get it, I’ve been there. The frustration of your communications being ignored and going unanswered is enough to make …

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Booking your next tour: what to do in which order

Booking your next tour: what to do in which order

I’m a soul/jazz singer-songwriter from California, currently based in Nashville. This past year, I spent 365 Days on the road with my partner Ken in a 30-foot motorhome; we played 170 shows and hit 36 states.  So I’ve had my share of experiences booking and executing tours, and I’d love to share some of what …

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How to decide whether or not to accept a show offer

How to decide whether or not to accept a show offer

When you start performing in front of audiences for the first time, booking shows can be exciting and even a little addictive. The experience of performing music for a room filled with new faces is a thrill powerful enough to sustain a career throughout years of elation, despair, and every feeling in between.  So you …

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3 types of song forms and their main uses

3 types of song forms and their main uses

Melody, harmony, lyrics — these are the essential components of writing any song. But when it comes to writing a great song, having a clear structure to present your musical ideas in an organized overall manner can be equally essential. Song form is how you tie those individual elements together to make a lasting impression …

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5 tips on how to approach asking for a guaranteed fee

5 tips on how to approach asking for a guaranteed fee

As a band, there’s only a handful of ways to get paid: door splits (i.e: playing for a portion of however many tickets get sold), honorariums (basically a tip jar), and guaranteed fees. Obviously, that last one is the best—you know exactly what you’re going to make in advance, it’s usually negotiable, and you’re off …

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How to choose fonts for your band website

How to choose fonts for your band website

While a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes you also have to think carefully about those words, too. Selecting the right font can really tie together your website, giving it a cohesive look and feel. It’s an important factor in your overall branding. Good quality fonts are in abundance nowadays. So with this deluge …

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Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and Bandzoogle Support Hours

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and Bandzoogle Support Hours

The holidays are back! Time for a bit of ‘R and R’, family and friends, booking gigs, and more music in 2020 – whatever your plans, we hope that these next few weeks are full of good times and celebration of another great year gone by. As 2019 closes, everyone here at Bandzoogle, from our …

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