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How to Find Music Gigs That Pay

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Making money as a musician is difficult, but many amateur musicians don’t realize that paying music gigs aren’t just for headliners! Whether you’re getting started in your music career or trying to take things to the next level, here is what you need to know about finding music gigs that pay (in something other than coffee!). 

Think Local

The best place to look for music gigs is in the community that you live and work in. What’s the music scene like in your area? What venues do local musicians play in? What bands in your area seem to get a lot of gigs? Approaching the right venue for your first few paying gigs will lead to more opportunities. If you have trouble getting traction on your own, you can see how other local acts would feel about hiring you to open their sets for experience and a cut of the ticket sales. Don’t get discouraged!

Have the Right Promo Package

The right press kit will set your solo act or band apart from other local artists. You should ensure that your promo package is short and sweet and that it includes everything venues and promoters expect:

  • A demo CD
  • A short biography or one-sheet that showcases your band
  • Newspaper or press clippings
  • Additional links to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.)

Never send attachments if you are communicating via email, as people will not open them.

Know Your Rate for Music Gigs

How much do you charge for a gig? If the answer is “whatever they’ll pay me!” you need to come up with standards for yourself. What is the minimum amount you will accept for a gig? Do you charge by the hour or by the type of gig? Take the time to feel out what the market rates are for your area and price yourself accordingly.

Do You Need to Get More Music Gigs?

  • Don’t get bogged down in your requirements for where and when you’ll play, or you will risk isolating venues that could be a great fit for you while you are just starting out.
  • Never pay to play. There are many music venues that take advantage of young, inexperienced artists and require them to pay to be included in a showcase. You might need to pay a hiring fee or cover some promotional costs, but you should never be asked to pay more than that.
  • Invite music bloggers and local influencers to your shows to create buzz and get more reviews that will lead to more books in the future.

Work with the Professionals at ECHE Music

At ECHE Music, we are dedicated to helping independent Christian recording artists build their fanbase, promote their music effectively and learn the business of music. To join our community, please visit our website.

He Fights Our Battles

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Exodus 14:14 (NLT) “The Lord Himself will fight for you.  Just stay calm.”

Hello Beautifuls,

Isn’t God great?  I’m so glad that we serve a God Who will engage in battle for us.  This week I prayed and thanked God for being my warrior, and then my father introduced the above verse to me not knowing what I had prayed.  God is our warrior.  He confirmed it in His word to me when I was unsure. Continue reading He Fights Our Battles

The Importance of Community

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The Importance of Community

I recently sent an email to my mailing list that took me a month to write. Why did it take me a month to write it? I suppose you could call it extreme writer’s block. I couldn’t think of the words to say. It was awful because someone was counting on me for a response. Continue reading The Importance of Community

Network Your Way to Success!

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Guest post by Angela Bryant-Brown

Ecclesiastes 4:9 –“Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. ”

“Everybody needs somebody sometimes.” Most of us are familiar with this song phrase. And most of the time, if not all of the time, we refer this phrase to romantic relationships. But if you think about it, it can and should apply to all types of relationships including business.  Continue reading Network Your Way to Success!

The Definition of Success

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I just heard a wonderful talk by Earl Nightingale. It’s called “The Strangest Secret”. In this talk Mr. Nightingale gives us the best definition of success that he’d found. “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal”. What is he talking about here? What is a worthy ideal? Mr. Nightingale talks about the worthy ideal as being a goal. Any goal. It could be more money, but it also be a better education or more well-behaved children. At any rate it’s intentionally working towards something. A direction and a destination. Success in life comes from reaching our goals. Continue reading The Definition of Success

Stand Strong!

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A friend told me this morning that he has given up. He’s tried, he’s prayed, he’s cried, but God won’t answer. So he’s giving up. He’s going back to the life he had before God entered his life. At least in that life he had friends. At least in that life he had money.

What can I tell him? I’ve seen his struggle. From the outside looking in, it looks like he has nothing. No real home, no money, no independence. What can I tell him? Should I just say goodbye and good luck? Continue reading Stand Strong!