list is not complete by any means, but it contains
some of the most important and obvious things to do
or don't do when cancelling a gig.
Do get in touch with the owner/manager of the
establishment the minute you find out you are unable
to make your scheduled gig.
Do apologize and offer an explanation.
Do offer an alternative - another group or person
you've heard/ seen and is reliable and a compliment
to the gig.
Do carry a mobile phone and a list of contacts in
case you have car trouble, an accident or get stuck
Do keep in touch with others so you know people who
can fill in for you in an emergency.
Do follow up with the establishment to see how the
gig was and then offer other dates you're available
Don't lie. Be upfront and honest.
Don't wait any length of time to say you can't play
an upcoming gig. If you know two weeks in advance of
the gig that you need to cancel, then get the ball
rolling with your phone calls, e-mails and whatever
you need to do to cover yourself.
Don't be cocky with the club owner or manager about
not being able to perform your scheduled gig.
Don't suggest an alternative to perform who has a
"bad reputation" or is not reliable.
In closing, DO be prepared and DON'T think this can
never happen as we're all capable of losing our voice
or getting a flat tyre.