HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOOKING AGENT
Whether you're out gigging all summer, or just wish you were, I
highly recommend this book called "How To Be Your Own Booking Agent -
the Musician's & Performing Artist's Guide To Successful Touring".
START HERE : http://www.performingbiz.com/cdbaby.html
Instead of just one person's opinion, this book is filled with the
author's interviews and shared wisdom from tons of industry experts.
The very people you would dream of having as your booking agent are
telling you exactly how to do it yourself.
Example topics : Contracts, Managing the Road, Conferences, Trade
Shows and Industry Events, Funding Sources, Effective Telephone
Techniques, How to Make Cold Calls, Creating An Effective Promotional
Package, Crossing Borders, Marketing Your Act, Accessing the Media:
Print, Radio, Television and The Internet, When to Quit Your Day Job,
Hiring Help and Ethics and Attitudes.
It includes worksheets and forms that you can immediately copy and
use, saving you time and confusion from having to come up with those
on your own.
It's an incredibly fact-filled 492 page book. It will take you
MONTHS to go through it, and if you do, you will be a great booking
agent, which is a very rare thing among independent musicians.
If you don't already have the Indie Bible, you should.
It's a directory of over 9000 places where you can promote your
music, including 4200 publications that will review it and 3400 radio
stations and shows that will play it.
Most musicians I know have it. Even if you don't go through all 9000
listings, it's incredibly helpful if you want to quickly contact blues
magazines in Florida, or jazz radio stations in England. (Yes it's an
international directory, not just USA/Canada.)
Read more about it, here : http://www.indiebible.com/cdbaby/
(submitted by Joedai Warriors)