So, right now I'm trying something different for booking gigs. Instead of just trying to get gigs, I'm trying to get clients. Venues have different needs and wants, as well as budgets and I'm trying to accomodate that. Here's the plan: I have 4 acts - a variety band, a Rock band, a Jazz combo, and an acoustic duo. The Jazz combo and the acoustic act use players from the other two acts. For example, the 2nd guitarist/percussionist for the acoustic act is the drummer for the Rock band. That makes scheduling and planning a little easier. So, when I contact a venue, I sell all four acts. If they can't afford or accomodate a whole band, they can hire a duo. If they don't need Rock, we can provide Jazz. The goal is to sell them something that will fit their budget and needs, increase the chance of walking out with a sale, and get a piece of the action regardless of the act. That way, even if I make a small sale, I am at least creating a client relationship with someone that could turn into gigs for the other acts if they like what they see. Hopefully, I can be seen as a one stop shop and bypass the commission I'd give an agency. I'm going to give this a try for a while and see how it goes. It may work, it may flop. If anyone has any thoughts, please share.