Introduction to Management Forum - important links here ...

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jazzbo, Jan 10, 2003.

  1. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I asked Smash and Thrash if I could write an introduction type thread to this forum. They were kind enough to let me do so, and then I flaked for the longest time, but I'm finally getting around to it.

    I had the idea for this thread Yes, another forum suggestion. | based upon an R&B Live Performance class that I've taken, on and off for the past 8+ years), at a local JC in the East Bay Area. This class was phenomenal because not only did it surround you with other non-classical/jazz musicians in an abundant way, but the teacher provided a very well rounded curriculum. Not only did he teach technique, songwriting and theory, but he taught how to manage a band.

    So many of us here at Talkbass are involved in one or more bands, that we would like to see become successful, whether we define success as playing clubs/bars, touring, signing a recording deal, or whatever. As artists, no one ever takes the time to teach us that we are not only artists, we're business people. We spend all of our hours in the shed, but many don't know how to promote the band, create a strong press kit, market ourselves. Well, here at Talkbass we have a wealth of experience, and people from all walks of life.

    First, this forum is not for recounting gig stories, let's be clear on that. Post those in the "Bass Humor and Gig Stories" forum. This forum is about how to manage your band, or yourself, and how to perform.

    Here is a short list of some of the topics I envisioned this forum covering:

    Maintaining a successful working band, (or solo act), is not as easy as rehearsing the songs and getting them to sound good. A lot goes into making successful bands work. While it's true that 1% is luck, 99% is hard work, determination, strong planning and a good understanding of the business.

    If something isn't going right with your band, or you're just simply not getting as far as you'd hope, or you just want to know how to get the band off the ground at all, this forum is the place to go.
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  2. Zellerscrossing


    Jun 25, 2006
    Hey guys, I love the idea of this thread, I would love to talk to some real experianced band managers. I an amature band manager myself, but still have lots of questions. Here is a link to another thread on this site that I have been asking a lot of questions on:

    What should a manager do?
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  3. skamatic


    Jan 20, 2008
    Lake Worth, FL
    I second that, I've hit a few dead links on my first tries.
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  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Feb 11, 2008
    So. Cal.
    ~First band
    How "good" do you have to be?
    Joining first band

    New band
    3 piece band
    Advertising for new member(s)

    Cover band
    Picking songs for setlist
    1 Cover band set lists
    2 Cover band set lists
    Covers vs. Originals

    Tribute band

    ~Band names
    Real band names
    Infamous band names
    Changing band name
    1 Funk Band Name Thread

    ~Joining a new band
    Finding new band
    Questions to ask before joining

    1 For new band
    Getting back in the game

    Red flag stories
    Hilarious/Bizarre audition stories
    "Never got to audition"

    ~Replacing a band member
    Firing band member
    1 Auditioning new member

    ~Leaving the band
    Giving notice
    Getting fired
    Quitting music?

    Wearing ear plugs
    Band rehearsal/headphones

    Learning band set list
    Learning songs quickly
    1 Rehearsal tips
    2 efficiency
    3 how often?

    1 Sound proofing/reduction
    2-w/ room pics
    3-w/ room pics
    Build Recording Studio book- for pros/DIYr's
    Terms and Tips

    ~Band management
    Book - "Bandalism"

    How to handle a big band
    Playing in a band w/o rehearsing
    If your significant other is a non-musician
    "Leading" a band
    Band "funds"?
    Why many bands fail

    Originals Band "paying dues"
    Is playing for "free" really "free"?

    Getting gigs
    Keeping track of gigs/rehearsals

    The "art" of closing the deal
    Gig pay
    Advertising your band
    Business cards

    Overcoming gig anxiety
    1 First gig
    Still gigging after all of these years
    How early to show up?
    What to do if you don't know a song or forget your part
    Touring advice
    What's in your gig bag?

    ~Gigs-stage management
    1 Moving equipment
    Coiling cables
    Taping down cables

    In-ear monitors
    Going wireless
    Getting your sound "live"

    Music stands on stage?
    Designing/Managing your sets
    Managing sound on stage
    Controlling your stage volume
    Directing the band on stage-hand signals
    1 On-stage Banter
    Being asked to turn down the VOLUME
    To noodle/not to noodle?

    First P.A.
    1 What size?
    Placing Subs
    DIY monitors
    1 Upgrading

    1What mixer is your band runnin'?
    QSC K series PA discussion

    Low cost lighting

    Sound Guy or not To Sound Guy?
    Working with the "sound guy"
    Cheap vs. Expensive DI
    Working a DI
    1 Learn live sound mixing
    Frequency ranges of band instruments
    Bass string notes,frequencies and harmonics chart
    EQ primer (all instruments)
    FOH vs. on-stage sound
    Solving odd feed back situations

    Isolating Head/Cabs from stage/each other
    Best wireless?

    ~Mixing/Recording rehearsals/gigs
    Recording rehearsals/practice/gigs
    Recording software recommendations
    Cheap but good studio mics
    Home Recording
  5. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    OP links fixed as of today.