Venue Booking

Stagelink, November 25, 2015

After your city voting has ended and you picked the cities for your tour it is time to find and book the right venues. If you have a professional booking partner they will most probably take care of it.

If you do not have a professional booking partner, please get in touch with: - we have a strong insider network and can hook you up with our partners if it is beneficial for both of you.

You can also take care of booking yourself- It is possible but oftentimes it is tough or takes a lot of time to find and book venues. In this case you can use your fan requests to convince a venue/promoter as you can show there is an actual demand. You can also ask your fans for help with finding a venue - you never know!

General advice:

• Arrange enough time for promotion and ticket sales before the show. Schedule at least 6 weeks for this.
• Choose the right venue for your show. Be careful that you choose a venue, you can actually fill. Everyone probably has a dream venue, where all your favorite musicians have played; however that doesn’t mean the venue will also fit you. Start with small venues and open yourself a door to play at the bigger places.
• Choose multiple show dates. Don’t be surprised if you don’t get the date you want. Unless you are booking a venue way in advance, you have to be really lucky to get a venue on your dream date. Before booking a show, come up with a few dates that would make you happy.
• Contact the venue you picked. Once you agreed on a date, don’t forget to get information from them. There are a few questions you need to ask: What is the price? • • When can you open the door? When does the show need to end? When can you do the soundcheck? Are there any special rules?

Make an agreement/ sign a contract. In smaller clubs you probably won’t have to sign a contract; however you have to agree on certain specifics. Even though there is not much flexibility in the price you pay it never hurts to negotiate. When and if you sign a contract be very careful. In case the show is cancelled, you will still be liable to pay the fee.

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