Booking shows can be a challenge, particularly if you're not at a point in your career where you can afford a booking agent, and lining up gigs is often both a time consuming and frustrating process. As with so many things in the music industry, there's no silver bullet, but there are some practices which can help you get your foot in the venue door.
In this new post to MusicThinkTank, Jordan Gates gives the budding artist some helpful tips on how to appropriately approach venues when it comes to booking shows.
"Picking the right place to play is more than just the venue, but also the market or city you are in. It doesn’t make sense to drive across the country to play to an empty room in a city where no one knows you. Choose markets carefully and develop them strategically over time. Developing your home town is important, and then work your way out to nearby cities or other locations where you know you have fans and listeners."