Guide to getting and playing better gigs


Gig Sharing

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Rules of the Road
Band on the Rocks
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Gig Sharing
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Support Band

Gig sharing is a technique your band can use to build your following, sell your CDs, generate press and play gigs to new audiences. This technique involves another band in a nearby city, and by offering your help to them, you get their help, by return, in their hometown.

You need to find a band in another city who you can work with. It's a good idea to team up with a band who have a similar musical style to your own. Since they're familiar with their hometown and visa versa you need to work out an agreement with them. They set up a gig in their hometown and you set up one in yours. The agreement could be the visiting band opens while the hometown band headlines.

By using this technique, when your band goes into a new market you don't have to enter it blindly which has some great advantages. The other band can tell you which are the best clubs to play, who to send your kit to for some press, where to stay and a multitude of other information. Another idea is to use their mailing list to promote your gig there. Tell them they can use your list when they play the gig in your town. If the other band is extremely cool they may also allow you to sleep in one of their houses, however, if you ask for this be prepared to do the same for them when they play your city.

To hook up with another band you can advertise in the other city's music paper. If you don't know the name of the paper or if one even exists, go to your library and get the yellow pages of that city and call some music stores. Most musicians who work in music stores can give you this information and they may know a band who might be interested in gig sharing with yours. Another idea is to take a trip to the city and post flyers in music stores, clubs, and record shops. Make sure you put some details about gig sharing on the flyers.

Don't forget to ask the other band about their media outlets as the press might be interested in what you're doing. You could also build up a gig sharing network with a few bands so you can play in a few markets other then your hometown. After you get this network established you'll be drawing more people to the shows, selling more CDs and making more money at the gigs. Gig sharing works because there are a lot of other bands out there (just like yours) who are willing to help in order to get some of your help in return. It's the ultimate example of two heads are better than one or in this case, two bands are better that one.

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