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Entries in touring (20)


Music Works International Expands Team, Roster and Global Reach 

International booking agency builds on momentum to push reach outward and upward Boston, MA, USA - June 22, 2017 — Led by industry veteran Katherine McVicker, boutique agency Music Works International continues to add new artists, territories and staff while entering its third year as a leader in audience and artistic development.

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New App Lets Artists Book Shows From Their Phone

Today, Pare Booking announces the launch of an innovative new tool that allows artists to book live shows directly through a clean and easy to use iOS application. By streamlining the booking process and putting power back in the artists’ hands, Pare transforms an outdated system that has burdened the music industry for years.

With the Pare app, any artist, regardless of demand, can view the details of their past and upcoming shows, control their schedule, submit counter-offers, sign contracts, and accept payments, all in one digital space.

“Pare Booking is a booking agency for the 21st century,” says CEO & Founder Brandon Breitenbach. “Over the years, every aspect of the music industry has changed–except the way shows are booked. With the growth of online streaming services, it makes more sense now than ever for artists to be able to control their greatest source of income: live shows.”

As a professional road manager for touring artists, Breitenbach experienced firsthand the frustrations that come with booking shows, a process that often overlooks independent artists. Partnering with a team of music industry experts and software engineers, he created Pare, a tool that empowers artists to manage every aspect of the booking process from the palm of their hand.

“The goal is to increase artists’ profitability and productivity through a simple website and mobile application,” says Breitenbach. “We want Pare to champion every artist, from aspiring musicians to well-known acts.”

Pare will launch with artists spanning all genres of music and is expected to get the most traction in cities known for live music like Austin, Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles. The app is available for any artist in the United States, but will soon be open to artists around the world.



What New Artists And Managers Can Learn From The Everly Brothers

Recently a friend who has the advantage of being an astute student of the music business from the outside - the advantage being that he doesn’t have to rely on the music business to make a living – threw out the trial balloon statement that what we should be looking for is the next Everly Brothers.

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How to Suck at Asking for a Sponsorship

For some reason, I’ve been getting a lot of emails this week from artists asking me to sponsor them directly. I’m guessing it’s a combination of me writing about the subject and laziness where they don’t realize that I don’t provide those services directly, I simply provide tools for artists to aid them in that area.

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UK Musicians get double dose of good news

UK Music, a body representing musicians and others in the UK music industry, which suggests that as many as 13,000 venues in England and Wales could now potentially play host to live music for the first time ever.

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How to be a gracious host (of a touring band) 

I just got back from an extensive (somewhat grueling) tour of the East Coast that lasted most of the Summer. We recently hosted a touring band ourselves and I was awash with flashbacks: carrying in sleeping bags and pillows, late-night snacks, the excitement over the possibility of showers - ah, the memories.

This is for people in the smaller towns. Those who get excited when bigger bands come through. But the bands aren’t big enough to stay in hotels. So maybe you’re opening for one, and maybe you’ve offered them a place to crash. Here is my list of the 5 best things you can do for that touring band, in chronological order!

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Go the Distance! Tips When You’re on the Road

I’ve created a whole series of articles filed under Tips for Touring, which you can pull up here.

I recently returned from doing a national tour myself. We crammed nearly 10,000 miles worth of driving in about 15 days. Most tours involve intense amounts of driving and they’re often done on older, less reliable vehicles. So before you undertake an ambitious series of out of town gigs of your own, it’s best to know a few things that can save you from disaster.

Here are some basic long distance driving tips when it comes to the road:

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Life as a roadie

If you love music, becoming a roadie can be one of the most fun and exciting jobs you can have. In addition to traveling to all sorts of cities around the world and interacting with fans, you get to hear live music for free. These benefits, however, come at something of a cost. Setting up all the equipment is hard work and it can be difficult keeping up with your dental and medical care while traveling every other day.

As a roadie, you take care of all of the heavy lifting that goes into putting on a concert, which can be difficult and dangerous. You move equipment, hang up lights, set up and work from scaffolding, move cables and any other tasks related to a specific concert. Being a roadie requires a lot of physical strength, stamina and care as occupational hazards are more common. Dangers, although extreme, include falling from a platform or being electrocuted when setting up lighting, amps or other high-voltage equipment. The most common hazard is likely related to the weight of the items being moved. Given the rush involved with setting up and breaking down shows, the risk of hurting or overexerting yourself is heightened. Muscle strains and sprains, hernias and even dehydration are common results of overexertion.

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How to Use Facebook Events to Promote Your Shows/Tour

If you’re like me, you’re bombarded with Facebook event invitations everyday. Most of them are for events out of town and I end up blocking/ignoring the people or pages that continue to send this spam out. However, every once in a while, I get a great reminder of something: an old friend playing a show in town, a birthday party, a wedding, and so on. It’s not all bad. So let’s talk about how you can use Facebook events properly to promote your gigs. Follow these steps:

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Moving to Your Band's Audience

Are you a member of a band, or a singer who wants to make it big? Are the local shows just not cutting it? What you may need is a bigger market and you may have to move to get it.

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Getting Sick on Tour: Some Eastern Medicine Remedies

Let’s face it. Touring in a band is not the best, safest, healthiest thing to do. You’re stuck in a van with people and germs abound, you’re probably not getting enough rest, and you might be drinking way too much alcohol every night. At the same time, you’re depending on your good health to have strong vocals, be able to put on a killer show, and make it home in one piece. Here are some touring tips from the East on getting quick recovery:

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Fan Engagement Gets Revealing

Fans are often eager to be the first to know and tell their friends that a favorite band is coming to town. Social media facilitates a certain amount of this organically, but how about harnessing the excitement of a tour launch to amplify the results? For the launch of their co- headlining “This World Is Ours Tour,” Escape the Fate and Attack Attack!‘s management team at The Collective built a custom Facebook app that used fans’ engagement to actually reveal the dates.

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Entropic Strategies for Music Marketing : navigating the noise

While Entropic Strategist may merely be my own word to describe the style of scatter-storm marketing I use for myself and other artists, it’s a style that was proven in the business and startup world many times over long before the Wild West of the Music Industry we have today.

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Want a touring gig? Here's some tips on how it works.

A quick chat with road warrior and pro musician Andy Sheridan.

How did you get into music?

My life has revolved around music from an early age. I started taking piano lessons classically at age 4. Both my parents are musicians. Guitar came in high school. I was just trying to be cool! Piano wasn’t cool to me then, I hated it actually when I was younger but my parents made me stick it out. Boy am I glad they did!

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