Is a Booking Agent For You?

Are you interested in getting more gigs but are unsure if you should go through a booking agent or not?

You may be wondering, how can I get more gigs by myself. Depending on where you live it might be hard to perform in places where there is already an established booking agent or entertainment manager.

And yes, booking agents of course take their percentage in the whole process so you’d prefer to organise your own performances and cut out the middle man.

The fundamental question therefore is, are you getting enough good quality work. This is where booking agents really come in handy.

If you are looking at getting decent paying regular gigs then a booking agent can be great. Just make sure you know your strengths and play to them. You are supplying a product that they deem to be useful to the venue they are booking you for.

You can also of course get a booking agent to just book for you. This can be good for original bands that want to get on festival line-ups etc but you really have to have a critical mass of followers before this pays dividends. There’s no point paying a manager that is only able to provide you with small gigs because your audience isn’t big enough.

As long as you are in agreement about percentage and are happy about how much you make from the gig then a booking agent is a great idea.

Whilst most booking agents treat their talent fairly, some may try to rip off artists. This is something to be aware of and it’s often best to be a little cautious, just not to the point where you’re unfriendly or weird about things.

For those of you that use booking agents or have used them what is your experience with booking agents? Let us know in the comments below how you feel about working with agents.

 

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