The allure of performing before enthusiastic crowds at music festivals is irresistible for many musicians. Unfortunately, landing a festival gig is easier said than done, especially when you are an emerging artist. And let's be honest, music festival performance slots are hard to come by. Check out the tips on getting booked, below.
Ever heard of a food truck with a four-legged clientele? Let us introduce you to Willie! He has a truck, delivers food along with love and, for the last 24 years, he's been a guardian angel to the cats in his town. Read about this 77-year-old GoFundMe hero in this month's Giving Tree profile below.
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How to Get Booked at Music Festivals
By D Cumming for Music Think Tank
Do your homework
Before sending an app or bio to a music promoter, find out what the festival is all about. Secondly, know who it is you're sending your submission to. Irrespective of how talented your rock band is, sending your bio or submission to perform at a jazz festival will be a waste of your and the promoters time. Also, research the number of performers the festival accommodates. Equally important is knowing your fan base vis-à-vis the festival's target audience. If your fan base is comprised mainly of young adults, then it is wise to look for a festival whose target audience is young adults.
Big music festivals are extremely competitive. As an up and coming musician, it is very likely that your submission will be rejected in favor of a more established artist. So, it's wise to start with local festivals where you have a higher chance of getting accepted. And, starting small will help you prepare for the large events. Sure there is a possibility that you will not be paid for your first performance, however, performing at small festivals gives you exposure. This exposure will be instrumental in catapulting you from small festivals to the glamor of large music events.
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Every day 77-year-old Willie Ortiz scours his town for scrap metal, loads up his truck, and sells it - for cat food, shelter materials and spay/neuter fees. 24 years ago, an abused, feral cat touched Willie's heart and he's been on a mission ever since.
Our Database Manager, Sara, chose Willie's GoFundMe Campaign to receive a portion of our gross profits for May. She says of Willie: "There really are angels among us!"
We feel Sara is another one. At last count, she, her husband and son are up to 21 animals on their small North Carolina farm because their hearts won't let them say no to an animal who needs love.
To read more about Willie's story, please go here. Check out all our recipients on our Giving Tree page!
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