A great way to make a little money and get yourself noticed is to make your live band for hire. This can also keep your band from going stale with nothing but rehearsals all the time, and can also let you know what songs work for you and what songs don’t. Going out on gigs is also a great way to get a bigger fan base.
But how do you get that first gig? Remember that you’re a business, and like any business you need to advertise your services. Going online and googling ‘band for hire’ will give you many results to look through. You can see how other bands represent themselves, where they go, what they earn, and what songs they play.
Think about the people who might be looking for a band for hire. Weddings and birthdays always seem to need a band, but so might a corporate event, a club, or a nursing home, especially for the holidays. Once you know who is hiring, you now need to know how to get their attention.
Many bands put up a webpage, or list themselves with facebook or myspace which lets people listen to your music and get a sense of who you are.
However, many people looking for a band for hire might not have the time to search through dozens of webpages, and even if they do, they might not find your page. So make some fliers, or put your music on CD or DVD to hand out to people and let them get a taste of your music and what you can do.
Don’t forget to consider getting your band an agent. While they take a portion of the money you earn, it is their job to get your band gigs, and they won’t make money until they do.
When becoming a band for hire, you have to consider whether you are a local band only, or will you go to other cities and states? Being able to travel can give you more opportunities, and more money.
And, speaking of the money, you have to consider which gigs will pay the most, and which will pay the least. A local club might give you the least amount of money for your time, but will also give you more exposure while a high paying wedding will be filled with people more interested in the party than your songs.
If you make the choice to travel further afield, you’ve made a good decision. Any band for hire that is serious about their craft is willing to travel, at least if the money is good. It’s always better to play to a bigger venue than a small pub, not only for the better money, but also to get your live music heard by as many people as possible.