How to book musicians in a new space
February 16, 2011 6:44 AM Subscribe
How do you get started booking musicians in a new venue? We've just opened a new event space and one of the things we want to do with it is book music. But I'm nervous about making a bad first impression.
posted by yerfatma to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I've gotten some advice from friends & friends of friends about how to make offers (essentially: look for small bands you like and offer an 80/ 20 split of the door), but I look at a form like this
and get a little overwhelmed. I guess I'm the Promoter; no idea what to put in the Offer section and the Other Info assumes you know what you're talking about as well (is the ticket price before any fees, etc). I also have no idea what size artist we can reasonably attract to start and once we're established. We're only just starting to make contact with local radio stations.
Some additional info to help answer these questions: it's a room in Dover, New Hampshire than can fit about 500 people standing (350 seated). You can see the room (seated for a wedding) here
*. My hope is that we can attract artists whose tours currently would turnaround in Boston by offering a largish club they could play on what would otherwise be an empty date in their tour.
* Shortened URL because I don't want to make it look like I'm trying to SEO myself, though I know Mefi puts nofollow on links.