I wanted to start a thread of promotional ideas. I live in NYC, play in rock group called The Nerve, and the competition here is pretty stiff - there are thousands and thousands of bands. After 3 years we're just starting draw crowds and make a name for ourselves. We're always looking for new ways to promote. Some of the things we do that have worked so far are: We RELENTLESSLY post flyers all around the areas we play. We do this just to get the name out - I don't think it's very effective for getting people to gigs - but it has definitely made our name recognizable. We give away hundreds of free 3 song demos advertising the next gig. We dupe tapes ourselves and they come out to around 25 cents a piece. We search the internet and get ourselves on every site we possibly can. We give away free T-shirts that we make ourselves (with iron-on transfer paper) at every gig documenting the date and venue on the shirt. People seem more likely to wear a shirt that has "CBGB" printed along with The Nerve as opposed just the group name. We try to include our name, The Nerve in as many writings as we can, ie. letters to the editors of magazines, bass forums, emails, etc. What do you to promote? Any new ideas?