Making Your Band For Hire

By Steve R Jones

A great way to make a little money and get yourself noticed is to make your band for hire. This can also keep your band from going stale with nothing but rehearsals all the time, and can also let you know what songs work for you and what songs don’t. Going out on gigs is also a great way to get a bigger fan base.

So how do you go about getting those gigs? Like any business or organisation you need to promote yourself. The internet is quite good at helping you achieve this. Start by using the search engines and type something into the search box like, ‘band for hire’ and see what this yields.

Think to yourself who wants a band for hire? Examples include weddings, functions, birthdays, corporate events, pubs and clubs etc. Once you know who your target market is you must now establish how you are going to get your message across to them.

Most bands that are for hire normally have their own website or myspace (or similar) account so that people can see what sort of band you are and listen to any music you may have put up.

However, many people looking to hire a band aren’t likely to spend hours on the web. They want something quicker, so think about putting up fliers, and making sample CDs or DVDs with your music to show off what you and your band can do. Don’t forget to include contact information so they can get in touch with you.

It might be worthwhile to use an agent. While an agent does take a portion of your money, he can only do so if he actually gets you jobs that pay you in the first place.

Now that you are a band for hire have you considered whether you’re doing local gigs or ones further a field? Being willing to travel will give you more gigs and you may get more money?

And, speaking of the money, you have to consider which gigs will pay the most, and which will pay the least. A local club might give you the least amount of money for your time, but will also give you more exposure while a high paying wedding will be filled with people more interested in the party than your songs.

If you make the choice to travel further afield, you’ve made a good decision. Any band for hire that is serious about their craft is willing to travel, at least if the money is good. It’s always better to play to a bigger venue than a small pub, not only for the better money, but also to get your music heard by as many people as possible.

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