FEM179 How To Build Long-Term Relationships With Music Venues with Tara B & Bree Noble

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Tara B shares the tips and tricks she has learned in over 25 years of booking music venues. Her successful strategy focuses on building relationships that lead to bookings and re-bookings.

Booking music venues since the age of 15, Tara B made the realization that as long as she wanted to perform live, booking would be a big part of her business. Booking is a long term process with lots of waiting involved but a strategy that encourages relationship building will lead to booking and rebooking. In addition to her teaching voice and piano lessons, she has been gigging full time for 9 years and now books an average of 170 gigs per year. In her free 4 Days to Book Like A Boss workshop, you will learn how to confidently book new venues, price yourself, value your talent and become a booking boss. 

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Before the gig

  • Do research about venue
  • Be friendly, kind and respectful (smile!)
  • Be proactive
  • Ask questions

At the Gig

  • Introduce yourself
  • Ask where you should park, come in, set up, etc
  • Talk to the audience

After the Gig

  • Send Thank You’s, via email, phone call or snail mail
  • If they say they want you back, follow up for rebook within a week
  • Call back 4 weeks out
  • Be proactive to what they need

Using Booking Companies

  • Can slack off
  • Building 1:1 relationship with music venues
  • Easier to get gigs with people you know
  • Get fill ins if there is a cancellation (easier than dealing with booking company as a third party)

Building Relationships with Music Venues

  • Follow up
  • Stay consistent
  • Respond don’t react
  • You’re the first person who comes to mind when they need an artist

When You Don’t Get the Call Back or You Can’t Take The Gig

  • Don’t take it as rejection
  • Give space but continue to follow up
  • They may not know what else you offer
  • Avoid burning bridges
  • Thank them for the opportunity
  • Respond, don’t react

Mode of Reaching Out

  • Start with calling
  • Email the second time
  • Try different modes of communication
  • Be intentional

Join the workshop, 4 Days to Book Like A Boss before it starts Monday, October 22nd. You’ll receive bite sized assignments that will help you make progress and gain momentum in booking gigs. 

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ABOUT HOST BREE NOBLE

Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram

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