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How to Get Booked

posted 05/23/18 11:14:20

How to Get Booked at Music Festivals
D Cumming for Music Think Tank

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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.

Start small/local

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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