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swampyankee
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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Feb 23rd, 2016 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been in this band for 6 months or so and we started gigging shortly after I joined. A couple of parties and a club gig so far. Things are looking pretty good with 3 gigs lined up for the next couple months, and more in the works.
When I first joined we all agreed we weren't in it for the money, and that we would do parties, charities, fundraisers, etc.

Recently, my wife got us a gig playing at a Real Estate Board's Awards Banquet, but I think we undersold ourselves. My friends that have a semi-pro GB band have heard us and said we're playing some quality music, and should be able to ask decent money. Knowing what they charge, they would probably be asking triple what we got.

I'm still ok with playing for gratis or gas money at charity events and such. Maybe it's what we have to do to get a good following, but when it comes to commercial gigs, I just don't like feeling that we're being taken advantage of.

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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Feb 23rd, 2016 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The problem is that you have to place some value on yourself. You're only worth what you can charge. It will be very hard to raise your price for a second or subsequent bookings and that will make it hard for all the bands trying to book that venue. Don't expect to get what the top bands are getting, but undercut everyone either.
Charity events are a different story.

Peegoo
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Feb 23rd, 2016 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're just starting out. Be patient... and

"My wife got us a gig playing at a Real Estate Board's Awards Banquet..."

One of the things you'll get out of playing this gig is interest from the attendees. Print up 100 or so business cards with your band's name and a website/phone number where someone can be reached that can speak for the band. As demand increases--so does your fee.

You can print cards at home with Avery business card stock, available at any office supply store.

swampyankee
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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Feb 24th, 2016 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We're working on business cards for sure.

The good thing about the Awards gig - and one of the reasons we undersold ourselves (the other reason is my wife and SIL are on the board) - is for the exposure. It's in the "Event Center" at a local casino. People have told us we're as good or better than the bands they've seen playing there. My wife is planning to get a manager from the casino to come listen to us. That would be a good gig.

Peegoo
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Feb 24th, 2016 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're doing okay!

You have to put yourself out there so listeners know what you're capable of doing. Then the bookings start flowing.

swampyankee
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olde New England

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Feb 25th, 2016 05:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, we're playing a fundraiser next month and that was my ulterior motive behind offering to play it. Yes, it's for my BIL's cousin, but it's also for a whole 'nother crowd in a town that we don't yet have a following. I've already heard, "We'd love to hire you but your band doesn't play in our area"

Steve Dallman
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Feb 25th, 2016 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our three piece, "Krazy Chester" has been gigging for 5 years. We aren't expensive. We don't do it for the money. But we get enough and we have a ball.

Many/most places pay us more at the end of the night than we agreed on.

We've done a few fundraisers or benefits. They usually offer us at least enough for gas and give us a meal...and again, at the end, often pay us more.

We give them their money's worth. In a typical 4 hour gig, we take two 15 minute breaks, often start early and if the crowd is cooking, will play over.

We give 'em their money's worth.

tahitijack

San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Feb 25th, 2016 03:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For business cards try vista print. 500 for $10. And you can add graphics from their website at no additional cost. Most cost effective marketing tool I can think of.

Peegoo
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Feb 25th, 2016 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re: Vistaprint...

You can also upload your own graphics and/or logo for no cost.

Note that single-color (e.g., black and white), is less expensive than full color printing.

One thing I do with Vistaprint that helps make your card look really slick:

They offer a 'front side glossy' option. The front of the card, to them, is the side with your contact info, etc. The back, to them, is the side you stick your large logo on.

What I like to do is upload the 'back artwork' as the text/contact info on a white background. I upload the 'front artwork' as the color logo/image, and select "one side glossy."

The reason for all this voodoo is ballpoint pens don't like to write on gloss-finish paper. If you ever need to line through an old phone number and update it (or add any info to the card), you can't unless you use a fine Sharpie. Done this way, the logo is shiny and the info side is easily correctable. And the card looks really slick.

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