Category: Music School 101

Are you easy (to do business with)?

Perhaps one of the most basic principles in the business world is the notion of being easy to do business with.  Is it going to be a painless process, or will barriers surface the minute someone tries to interact with you?  Some of this…

A Culture of Quality

One of the best ways to separate yourself from the competition, in any business, is to focus on a culture of quality.  When your music is well-written, when the performance is jaw-droppingly good, when your audience feels like they can’t take their eyes off…

Everybody needs a plan

The purpose of a business plan is to set some goals, primarily like figuring out how (and if) you should go to market and how to make it financially do-able.  If it’s done well, a good business plan can also help motivate and improve…

Are you open for business?

It’s always tempting to call music “just another hobby.”  You’re doing something you love, you’re probably doing it mostly on the weekends, you may have a day job that shares no resemblance to your musical activities, money seems scare and people are often trying…

Seven solid ways to book your band

A lot of bands bitch about the booking process… “The owner never calls me back!” “They want the band to prove itself on Tuesday, to get to Wednesday, then Thursday…!” “They won’t commit to a date!” “They still haven’t listened to our demo!” “He…

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…

About open mics and personal responsibility…

The main purpose of an open mic night is to give an amateur band/musicians a chance to play out in public. You may think your band is above this, but if you’re not making any dinero at your shows and/or you don’t like the…

When you’re not worth it…

So now here’s part two, and it’s usually the hardest part for a musician to accept. Often you and/or your band are not ready for prime time. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, the average band is blissfully unaware of this reality. Let’s face it, these…

Do you know what you are worth?

If your goal is to become a professional musician, you need to do what every professional does: value your time and know what you are worth. Sometimes musicians get so caught up in the love of their music and the appreciation of any audience…

P2P…or P4P?

In its simplest definition, pay to play (P2P) is when your band is forced to sell advance tickets to a show, or be held liable for those costs. Your band is paying for the experience of playing and promoters are preying on young and…

Are you paying to play?

Pay-to-play runs rampant in LA and some other parts of the country. It’s often thought that Colorado is free of this ugly scenario but it really comes down to how you define it. What is Pay-to-Play? In general, pay-to-play means you have been suckered…

Creating a stage plot

If you think a stage plot is something your drummer might do when no one is looking, we’d better clear things up right now. A stage plot is a formal, standardized way to visually communicate your performance setup and needs to the sound techs….