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FestivalNet Musicians & Performers News
October 2018

Oh, the nightmare of booking gigs! You spend hours sending emails to every event in town only to receive automated responses. The problem isn't that your music is bad. It's that you're going about it the wrong way. Read on to find out how to get real responses!

The face of a child never occurs to me when someone speaks of cancer. Yet, 700 children (and their families) worldwide receive that devastating diagnosis each year. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by a 4-year old battling neuroblastoma. She wanted to give "her doctors and hospital" money to help other kids like her. There’s more on Alex’s non-profit, below.

Be well,

Marisa Morgan
FN Newsletter Editor

How to Write the Perfect Cold Booking Email
by Bob Barrick, guest blogger for

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Like everything else in the music biz, booking gigs must be approached like a business. The first step in that approach is gaining some understanding of who you’re trying to contact. If you were a promoter and your email inbox lit up with 20 booking emails every day, would you respond to everyone? Probably not. You'd only respond to the ones that stand out. Soundfly put together some booking email strategies to help your cold calls stand out against the crowd.

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Do Some Research

Spamming every event with the same pitch isn’t going to do you much good. That’s where a majority of amateur musicians make their mistake. They don’t realize that talent buyers have seen it all and can pick out serious inquiries from punks with a computer.

Read more!

Featured Events on FestivalNet!

Did you know that it is a free service for promoters to list their events on our site? We do this so we can provide you with the most events on one website. We take pride in offering all types of events - from street fairs to craft shows, music festivals, fine art fairs, themed events, expos, & holiday fairs. 

Some promoters want more exposure beyond the free listing and opt to become a Featured Event - whether they want to reach more attendees or get more vendors to apply, we praise these festivals for going the extra mile with their event-promotion on FestivalNet! Take a minute and peruse current featured events any time by bookmarking our Featured Events Page!

The FestivalNet Giving Tree

It's my (Marisa) honor to have chosen this month's Giving Tree recipient: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. ALSF started with one lemonade stand, hosted by founder Alexandra ‘Alex' Scott in her front yard. She was four and raised $2,000.
She died at eight in 2004 of neuroblastoma. In her too short, but extraordinary life, Alex raised $1,000,000 and inspired a legacy of hope and cures for pediatric cancer.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation will receive a portion of FestivalNet's gross profits this month. See all our apples up on our Giving Tree page!

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