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Booking Agents?

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Posted By : Invisible Ducks | Comments : 8

What is your thoughts

Hi we are thinking of getting a booking agent to get more gigs in new places but we don't know any and we wanted to know if anyone could let us know of a good booking agents or anything to watch out for so we don't end up getting ripped off.

Any info would be a great help.

Thanks Tony


# Posted by Stataz Quo - 14/03/2011, 23:02 (GMT)

Shoot them !!!!!!!!!!!!!

UJnless they are helpfull like Keef

# Posted by Andy McCormack - 14/03/2011, 23:43 (GMT)

Seems to me like you have a really good flexible setlist. The only thing to do is find an agent who provides work which you'd be interested in and phone them to see when they're next showcase is. If they're interested( which they should be as you are are how they get paid)they'll give you a slot, you turn up and play and they'll tell you afterwards how much they think you should go out for, where and some alterations you may need to make.
You can do this with as many agents as you like. You dont have to take the work if you don't like it but if you constantly turn work down they'll lose interest so focus on suitable agents(eg don't go to cruise ship agent if you can't do cruises). The biggest and most organised agents are simply in the yellow pages but beware some can only get work through this avenue( bad rep in the knowing circles) so it's important to go on word of mouth. Is there anybody you know who does work you'd like to do yourself?

# Posted by THE STORIES ,The very best! of... - 14/03/2011, 23:52 (GMT)

not so sure how it pans out now but (im talking over 10 years now)but then they had a show case at some empty venue where 3 or 4 bands played & they picked the best one & its good advice from andy above ..

# Posted by Mr Cottonhouse - 15/03/2011, 00:01 (GMT)

They are nice as pie...when they want something. Remember that they want something from you and that you want something from them. They will rarely do you a favour but will ask for lots.

It should be an equal partnership, if you can achieve that then you will have a good working relationship.

# Posted by The Avenue pub Iain & Shel... - 15/03/2011, 00:15 (GMT)

speak to venues ask venues who they know what other agents are willing to do gig swops or share we have mates who run nights in liverpool b/ham leeds etc most landlords are on facebook groups with other landlords and ladies so if post on a wall like below keeping music in pubs

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=131794656839425
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=84638462902
these pub may be looking for live music

# Posted by Rumble Fat Band - 15/03/2011, 00:46 (GMT)

Good advice already. We work for a number of agents and in general we do OK. One thing to remember, if you are a 4 piece band, they become the 5th member, (15% + VAT) and it isn't always a cash pick-up. You may have to wat to get paid. We had to threaten one well known agency with the MU Lwyers as they delayed payment for an unacceptable time.
If you owe them commission, they want it straight away, when they owe you, different story.

# Posted by Mutha Humbucker - 15/03/2011, 09:45 (GMT)

Agents do take their cut but they gave me work for 4-5 years as a solo artist they were putting me out for 150 - 175 a night fri sat and sun they filled my diary all year but thats taking into consideration I was doing the cabaret thing - sould motown pop etc.

We are lucky as our drummer does axactly what an agent would do and is constantly on the phone and posting posters and marketing out to pubs within a couple of hours distance from where we are based and for the past 2 years he has filled our weekends. we are out every weekend apart from booked holidays its true you can see from our web site that we are out at least 8 gigs a month. If you are a good salesman and he is.. then you may not need an agent but it depends if you have the time to do so, saying that he manages a shop for Moonsoon and has three kids and a wife to please .. if he can do it anyone can you just have to be persistant promote your band on the phone as much as possible play o the fact that you have had rebookings in most venues and that you will do a first gig at a slightly cheaper price then if they like and the punters enjoy the night you go for your standard price on the rebooking, some will try it on but then you will know what venues are taking you for a ride and you simply dont go back, if you give them a good night 90 per cent of the time they will rebook you and your laughing ...try and set aside a hour three times a week and make a call list and call and sell your selfs you might be suprised after a few months how many more gigs you have.

# Posted by Invisible Ducks - 15/03/2011, 09:57 (GMT)

Thanks for all the advice it has been very helpful and thanks for the links it has been a big help.


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