Self-Booking your Band
I'm trying to figure out a way to book my band regionially and eventually on a few 2 week spurts of touring. I've booked a tour for an old band before by emailing venues, but the problem is that none of the shows had guarantees and we played to almost no one the whole tour (we had 3 shows out of 21 that were worth a damn). We are based in Austin, TX.
What I'm curious about is what methods do you guys use to book your band? My initial idea is to get on Facebook and try and find bands in the cities we want to play that look to be on top of things and get with them about playing with them in their town. We could probably bring a good amount of them to Austin in return over the next few months. We really need to hire management/a booking agent as we are at that point where we are good enough and actually NEED one, but I can't seem to find someone with a proven track record, even in Austin. I'm just really out of touch, and these days it seems hard to even find a venues contact info. Any advice would be helpful!
be a dick, just facebook them
sounds counter productive, but worked for me..
a little while ago we crafted well thought out concise emails to venues with all pertinent links. absolutely no response
a few months ago i went on facebook and just messaged every venue i wanted to play
"i wanna book Meet At Sundown at your venue"
and hit send
got dozens of replies, including direct emails and phone numbers for managers, bookers, etc..
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