4 Things You Can Do Right Now To get More Gigs (For Bands / Artists / DJs)
Read this and find more gigs for your band!
Getting gigs can seem like an uphill battle at times especially at the start of your career, before you have signed to a booking agency. A good agent will help you secure more gigs but until you get that point, you need to get yourself out there. How do you expect booking agencies to find you if you are not out there playing regular gigs and perfecting your live set?
These four tips below will help you get more gigs:
1. Improve your Web presence
Google your artist name, what is the top result? If it’s not your artist website then your web presence can be improved. If you do not have an artist website build one today. It’s easier than you think. Read our guide on how to get started.
If you already own your artist website but it’s not ranking at the top of Google, it’s time to get to work on some SEO for your music website, there are some easy things you can do yourself to boost your search engine ranking listed below or hire one of these experts to help you.
- Ask your friends to add a link to your website to their website(s).
- Use descriptive keywords in the text on your website and in titles.
- Link to your website from all of your social media profiles.
- If you are using WordPress, install an SEO plugin such as YOAST SEO to optimise your website.
2. Up your social media game.
Social media is seriously important for musicians and you can always improve the way you are using it. Event organisers will be looking at your social influence when they decide if they should book you for a show or not so make sure yours is looking as good as it can be.
Use tools like Buffer or Later to schedule your social media posts in advance and to make sure your social media stays consistent.
Consider using the ‘live’ features on social media for maximum exposure, test using social media adverts (you could target these to event promoters if you are looking for more gigs.).
You can check out more social media resources for music here.
3. Plan some nights out.
Network, network, network. Become a fan and go to the gigs where you would like to play. Turn up to local open mic nights, jam sessions etc and get to know other musicians and event promoters.
Getting gigs will become much easier once you have built a strong network of friends in the music scene. Go and find some events and get planning!
4. Check out these resources.
There are several websites where you can find opportunities to play live music and even find paid gigs. We have listed some of these resources in this section of our music industry directory.
One last thing..
Remember, first impressions count so get your artist branding right – read this article on the importance of branding for musicians but more important than any of this, practise, practise and practise some more. The most important thing will always be the quality of your music.
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