Musicians and Singers of all kinds need to have a Music Booking Agent to be sucessful.
If you are a musician or singer, you will want to sign up with a music booking agent who can get you gigs at bars, auditoriums and stadiums. The job of a music booking agent is to scour the county looking for producers, directors and venue owners who book talent for shows.
A music booking agent will solicit and negotiate live engagements for a musician or musical group. Booking agents should have good connections to music venues, promoters, and talent buyers. On average, a booking agency will take 10% of the profit made on a gig, but this rate will vary.
If you are interested in doing more live music shows or have little experience with bookings, contacting a booking agency would be recommended. However, if you have the motivation and interest in learning this aspect of the music business, most performance contract agreements are simple enough to negotiate yourself.
Another way to get music gigs is to sign up with a talent resource website that lists thousands of auditions for actors, models, singers and musicians every day. A music booking agent can be helpful to jump starting your career, but it is up to you to be persistent in finding places to pay you for playing your music.
When you are starting out, try to perform anywhere you can. Play your music for your friends and family and get their honest feedback. Play at your church or volunteer to play for non-profit events in your community.
If you do not have a music booking agent, make sure to read any contract from a potential employer thoroughly and don’t sign until you feel comfortable with the language in the contract.
A music booking agent can’t book you if you don’t have a comprehensive CD with you music on it. Make sure your demo CD contains at least five of your original songs. Try not to simply do covers of other people’s music. Be original.