Month: October 2013

No-cost ways to promote your band and shows

Here’s a list of ways to promote your band in general and shows specifically with no financial cost. These are listed from least to more effective. Keep in mind- you get what you pay for… Remember, too, that every time you advertise a show…

What’s a band agreement?

What? You don’t have a formal band agreement? We’re shocked! You’ve probably heard many tales of bands imploding. Ego is often the culprit, sometimes it’s drugs or the intervention of significant others. Sometimes it’s discontentment or mental illness. Sometimes it’s nobody’s fault at all….

Who wrote the song?

There are two specific forms of copyright: ownership of a song and ownership of a recording. In the last article, you can see why the former is more important than the later. But what does it mean to own (copyright) a song? In the…

Recording artist royalties vs. songwriter/publisher royalties

Recording artists and songwriters are two different things. Sometimes they are one and the same, and sometimes not. But the distinction is pretty important when it comes to income (song royalties). Put simply, recording artists make their money mostly on the sale of hard…

The referral gig

When is the best time to book a gig? While you are currently playing one. If you like the venue, the owners, the pay, ask to book yourself again in a month or a quarter. And don’t stop there – book the next 12…

Upping your conversion rates when booking gigs

It’s said that sales is a numbers game – call 1000 people and you’ll probably end up with 100 “yes’s” or a 10% sales conversion rate, like the example in the previous article. But what if you could increase those odds? For one thing,…

Five Steps to Booking More Gigs by James Divine (and commentary by the DOMB)

Sax Man, James Divine, created a freebie post on Craig’s List recently (Five Steps to Booking More Gigs). He currently teaches music full time and performs in 30-50 concerts per year, so he knows a thing or two about booking. He also coaches and…