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How to get gigs from entertainment agents

How to get gigs from entertainment agents | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Expert tips and strategies for cover bands, singers and musicians on how to get gigs from entertainment agents
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Can you relate to any of these?…“We added our details to their websites but not getting gigs”, “We can’t get any traction with agents”, “How do we crack the apathy from entertainment agents”, “The agents take us on and then hide our brand so all the impact is lost”. In this the first of a two parter we cover multiple strategies to help you overcome all these problems.

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How Adam From All Covered Up Party Band Smashed His First Year Bookings Goal Target

How Adam From All Covered Up Party Band Smashed His First Year Bookings Goal Target | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
How to get gigs as a cover requires a strategy and some focused time and effort. Adam from all Covered Up cover band shows us how it's done
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At the start of 2014 All Covered Up party band had one booking. Adam, the band leader set himself a target of 20 private event bookings by the end of 2014. Adam smashed that goal. Hear how he managed to do it all while being employed full time.

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6 Ways To Stop Your Cover Band Being Undercut On Fees

6 Ways To Stop Your Cover Band Being Undercut On Fees | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
6 cover band marketing tips that'll help you stop being undercut on fees
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Are you finding yourself having to continually drop your price to get the gigs?
Are other bands always undercutting your fees and getting the bookings?
In this episode we outline 6 strategies to help you overcome this problem. Listen to this podcast.

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GS 20: 3 Simple Steps To More Cover Band Bookings

GS 20: 3 Simple Steps To More Cover Band Bookings | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
The number of cover band marketing ideas strategies and tactics available is huge. Here we boil them down to three simple steps.
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The number of cover band marketing ideas, strategies and tactics available is huge. It can be really overwhelming to know where to even start. In this podcast we discuss 3 simple strategies that’ll help you get on the right track.

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Getting a Fairer Deal For Musicians With Dave Webster & Kelly Wood from the Musicians Union

Getting a Fairer Deal For Musicians With Dave Webster & Kelly Wood from the Musicians Union | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
How to get paying gigs as a band and how to get a fairer deal for your performance with The Musicians Union
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The Musicians Union in the UK have a number of initiatives ongoing that are there to help you achieve a fairer deal for your performance. In this podcast we run through all of these in detail as well as covering some key factors involved in how to value yourself as a performer.

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How to Create Amazingly Powerful Video Testimonials That’ll Get More Gigs For Your Band (All with Zero Budget and Just Using Your Camera Phone)

How to Create Amazingly Powerful Video Testimonials That’ll Get More Gigs For Your Band (All with Zero Budget and Just Using Your Camera Phone) | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
How to get more gigs for your band using the amazing power of video testimonials (with zero budget and just your camera phone)
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If you’re standing on a soap box and yelling about how great your band is, chances are you’re losing bookings. Prospects aren’t interested in your opinion of your band. They want you to show them clear evidence that real people paid their hard earn cash to have you perform for them at their event. The most effective way of communicating this is through testimonials. The most powerful of all testimonials are video ones. In this post I take you step by step through a system I call the ‘Stage Right Technique’. It’s a no cost, fast way of producing multiple video testimonials that’ll help you secure more gigs for your band and, done well, at higher fees. Look out for the bonus material in this post.

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Getting Gigs For Your Cover Band & How To Think Bigger

Getting Gigs For Your Cover Band & How To Think Bigger | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
How big do you want your cover band to be? - Here are 3 ways of getting gigs for your cover band...
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Taking your cover band to the next level of success is a challenge. It’s easy to get comfortable in the status quo or just think that ‘we’re a 10 gigs a year cover band’ and not really believe or have the confidence to increase that number significantly. But there are ways, many in fact. It all starts by thinking bigger.

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Getting Gigs For Your Cover Band & How To Think Bigger

Getting Gigs For Your Cover Band & How To Think Bigger | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
How big do you want your cover band to be? - Here are 3 ways of getting gigs for your cover band...
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Taking your cover band to the next level of success is a challenge. It’s easy to get comfortable in the status quo or just think that ‘we’re a 10 gigs a year cover band’ and not really believe or have the confidence to increase that number significantly. But there are ways, many in fact. It all starts by thinking bigger.

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Natasha Beckman of Urban Soul Orchestra

Natasha Beckman of Urban Soul Orchestra | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Natasha manages a very unique act called Urban Soul Orchestra. In the last 5 years she’s been the driving force behind booking 100 plus events a year. See how...
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If you're looking at ways to position your band or act to appeal to the
higher end of the events and function market then click here to listen to the podcast with Natasha who has done just that...

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GS 11: How Billy and Andy of Soul Avenue Went From 100 Bookings in 2012 to 50 Bookings in 2013 And How They Plan To Get Back To 100 In 2014

GS 11: How Billy and Andy of Soul Avenue Went From 100 Bookings in 2012 to 50  Bookings in 2013 And How They Plan To Get Back To 100 In 2014 | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
With 10 years experience of running a successful cover band you would be excused for thinking that Billy and Andy knew everything there was to know about getting gigs. 2012 saw them rack up 100 bookings then in 2013 it plummeted to half that. Find out what they did next.
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GS 10: 175 Bookings in 2013 – How Sera Golding of MIB Band Achieved This Many Bookings Through Mastering Key Marketing And Sales Tactics & Strategies.

GS 10: 175 Bookings in 2013 – How Sera Golding of MIB Band Achieved This Many Bookings Through Mastering Key Marketing And Sales Tactics & Strategies. | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Once in a while I meet someone who just gets it. Sera is one of them. In 2013 her band, MIB did 175 bookings. How? Read the interview or listen to the podcast...
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GS 08: How Brian Walters Works a Full Time Job As a Marketing Exec And Still Finds Time To Implement Sales And Marketing Strategies For His Cover Band That’s Getting His Diary Ever Fuller - Gigging...

GS 08: How Brian Walters Works a Full Time Job As a Marketing Exec And Still Finds Time To Implement Sales And Marketing Strategies For His Cover Band That’s Getting His Diary Ever Fuller - Gigging... | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Brian is a full time marketing executive. In his spare time he runs Baffalo Tale, a 5 piece party that is consistently busy gigging at weddings and corporate events year round. Brian's take on the bands semi pro status is excellent.... he sees this as an advantage. Being a marketing exec he know how to get gigs. Sit back, listen carefully, take notes and go do what he does. You won't regret it.
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New podcast now LIVE - Working a full time job and running a cover band?  That's what Brian Walters of Buffalo Tale does... and to great effect. He actually sees this an an advantage over other full time musicians and bands. Listen to the podcast to find out why...

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4 Unspoken Rules About Being In A Cover Band That No One Talks About

4 Unspoken Rules About Being In A Cover Band That No One Talks About | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
There are some unspoken rules that define your career as a cover band. Unknowingly these rules have an impact on the relationship between you and your clients. They’ll be the root of frustrations on both sides. Here are 4 of them...
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There are some unspoken rules that define your career as a cover band. Unknowingly these rules have an impact on the relationship between you and your clients. They’ll be the root of frustrations on both sides. Here are 4 of them…
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Create An Auto-Pilot Gig Booking System For Bands & Singers

Create An Auto-Pilot Gig Booking System For Bands & Singers | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Create an auto-pilot gig booking system for any cover band, singer or musician.... without even lifting a finger. Watch the step by step traing video.
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Studies clearly show you need follow up with a prospect at least 7 times before they’ll buy from you. If you’re not following up leads multiple times then you’re losing bookings. Thing is, it’s a lot of work and takes time. Here I’ll show a simple but highly effective way to follow up every lead multiple times without even lifting a finger. Find out how (includes step by step video training)…

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Why Joe Lee Decided To Create An Act That Was Different From Everything Else And How It’s Paid Off

Why Joe Lee Decided To Create An Act That Was Different From Everything Else And How It’s Paid Off | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Music marketing and cover band promotion with Joe Lee from Party Pianos. Find out why being different is one of the keys to your bands gig getting activity.
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Being unique and different is critical in a market place that is filled with cover bands and acts that look and sound like their competition. Joe Lee from Party Piano’s made damn sure he didn’t fall into that trap. He cleverly borrowed a unique concept for his band and marketed his way to the success he now achieves. 

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How The Bluejays Went From No Shows To 70 Shows In 3 Years And How 2015 Is Set To Be An Even Better Year

How The Bluejays Went From No Shows To 70 Shows In 3 Years And How 2015 Is Set To Be An Even Better Year | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Sometimes a band just makes success look effortless. The Bluejays are one of them. Listen to the podcast and they'll show you how to get gigs for your band.
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Sometimes a band comes along that makes getting gigs look effortless. Don't be fooled though! The Bluejays cleverly use social media, branding and networking to amazing effect. See how in this episode...

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Cover Band Websites with Dave Cool of Bandzoogle

Cover Band Websites with Dave Cool of Bandzoogle | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
If you want well paid gigs with good clients in great venues then you absolutely must have a website. Here's Dave Cool of Bandzoogle to tell us how...
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If you want well paid gigs with good clients in great venues then you absolutely must have a website. Relying on a Facebook page is just not going to cut it. Your website is your bands home online. It’s where your prospective clients go to make their final decision as to whether they want to book. You need it to show your band off in the best way possible. Dave Cool is Artists Relations Manager at Bandzoogle. They’ve helped over 2500 musicians build amazing websites. He knows a thing or two about websites and shares that with us on this podcast.

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How to ‘Sell’ Your Cover Band Without Feeling Like A Sleazy Salesman

How to ‘Sell’ Your Cover Band Without Feeling Like A Sleazy Salesman | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Learn the cover band marketing and sales ideas and strategies of the most successful acts and get more gigs for your band
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If the word ‘sales’ fills you with dread and fear then this is the post for you. That feeling of nervousness, sweaty palms and dry mouth is enough to make you never pick up the phone again. It doesn’t have to be that way though. In this post I’m going to walk you through a much softer and gentler approach to selling your cover band over the phone or face to face.

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GS 17: How Brad Wills Balances A Full Time Job And Busy Family Life While Finding The Time To Grow His Indie Rock Cover Band

GS 17: How Brad Wills Balances A Full Time Job And Busy Family Life While Finding The Time To Grow His Indie Rock Cover Band | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
How to market your cover band, get well paid private gigs while juggling family life.
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Running your own small business places massive strains on the time you have available for other things in your life. That doesn’t faze Brad Wills. He’s successfully balancing running a small business with family life commitments while also finding the time to work on marketing his cover band. Listen to this episode to find out how. 

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How To Promote Your Band with Dominic Halpin

How To Promote Your Band with Dominic Halpin | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
For the last 10 years Dominic Halpin has earned a living as a full time musician successfully running a cover band and releasing his own original material independently. His enthusiasm for both areas of his career is infectious. If you’re looki [...]
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Getting the balance right between running a cover band and putting out your own self penned material can be a tricky one. Dominic Halpin has some seriously smart ways of doing it. Listen to the latest podcast to find out how...

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Cover Band Music Marketing Strategies

Cover Band Music Marketing Strategies | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Cover band music marketing strategies with Graeme Nash of cover ‘Daft’. Graeme is one of those brave characters that took the decision to ‘go pro’.
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If you're looking to start earning a real living from your cover band that can actually support you and your family then this podcast is for you. In it Graeme from !daft! shares his journey on how does just that.

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How To Reach Thousands More Potential Bookers Of Your Band Than Your Website Will Ever Be Able To Do

How To Reach Thousands More Potential Bookers Of Your Band Than Your Website Will Ever Be Able To Do | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
Over the last few years websites that cut out the middle man ie agents have become increasingly popular. Talent GB founder Neville tells us how to get the best from them
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If you had an opportunity to tap into a website that had the potential to showcase your cover band to thousands of people looking for a band just like yours, would you look into it? In the latest podcast we talk to Neville Thurlbeck of Talent GB about just that.

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Improve Your Profile Online from The Journal of the Musicians' Union

Improve Your Profile Online from The Journal of the Musicians' Union | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
I was recently interviewed by The Journal of the Musicians' Union and quizzed about my thoughts on how cover bands can find exposure online.
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The Journal of the Musicians’ Union quizzed me about my thoughts on how cover bands can promote themselves more effectively online. Facebook is great but they can wipe you out in a heartbeat.

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7 Critical Things That All Cover Band Promo Videos Should Have

7 Critical Things That All Cover Band Promo Videos Should Have | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
There are literally thousands of cover bands that want the gigs you want. You need to do everything you can to communicate to your audience why you’re the right choice for their event. Your promo video is hands down the best way of getting your message across but most cover band promos are boring and dull. Don’t fall into that trap. Read on to see how...
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James Eager of Metropolis on Social Media, Video & Cover Band Marketing

James Eager of Metropolis on Social Media, Video & Cover Band Marketing | Gigging Success Tips for Cover Bands and Entertainers | Scoop.it
James takes his cover band, Metropolis, seriously. He treats it like a business. In this episode we learn how he got that crucial success mindset, why he concentrates on quality rather than quantity, his approach to networking and how that has landed him more and better clients and how he embraced video and social media to create the bookings breakthrough so many bands would kill for.
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new podcast now LIVE - Taking your band seriously and treating it like a business gets results. James Eager of Metropolis - The Ultimate Party Band should know. It's how he makes a very good living these days. Listen to the episode to find out how he uses video and social media to get bigger and better clients that keep coming back for more bookings. James is seriously generous with his info so make sure you've got a pad and pen to take notes!
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