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Booking shows – How to book a gig in no time

Booking your first gig is hard. Even if you’ve played a few shows before, booking can still be challenging. That’s exactly why we created Gigmor – to make booking shows as quick and easy as possible. Here are our top tips for early-stage artists to book more and higher quality gigs. Follow these tips and you’ll book a gig in no time!

·      APPLY AND MESSAGE TALENT SEEKERS EARLY

         Most venues and talent bookers will plan their schedules many months in advance. If you’re looking for shows this month, you’re probably out of luck. They want to plan well in advance in case anyone cancels or reschedules. That’s why you should reach out at least 4-6 weeks before you want to play. That gives them time to check you out and to begin putting together a full bill of other artists.

Pro Tip: Even though we recommend planning ahead, you can also check out our gigs page for last minute gigs. Talent seekers will often post gigs with short notice to Gigmor because they had a cancellation or change of plans and need to find an artist fast.

·      UPDATE YOUR GIGGING HISTORY

         This is probably the most overlooked but important part of your Gigmor profile. If you don’t have any gigs under your belt, don’t worry! You’ve probably played at house parties, busked or streamed a performance on YouTube. Put that in your gigging history! Talent seekers want to know where you’ve played and how many people you can draw but, more importantly, they want to know that you’re putting in the effort to play live and build an audience.

·      NETWORK, BUT NOT REALLY 

         Networking is not what you think it is. We should really just eliminate the term and change it to “hang out and make friends” because that’s what real networking is. Let’s say you book a gig on Gigmor, you play the show and it goes well. But now what do you do? Don’t talk to anyone and bounce after your set? NO. This is the perfect time to just hang out. Get to know the people working at the bar, have a drink, make friends. That is key to getting repeat bookings in better time slots.

Hope that helps you gigMORE! 

Rock On, 

Team Gigmor

American Idol Auditions

We’re proud to announce that AMERICAN IDOL® has partnered with Gigmor for a second year in a row to discover the #NextIdol for their upcoming season! Gigmor artists can apply for a Front of the Line Pass at 22 regional American Idol auditions taking place between now and September.

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Our mission is to help indie and unsigned artists grow their careers. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the talent producers at American Idol. Make sure your profile is complete and then head over to the gigs page, find the American Idol auditions posts and apply away!

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Erik Neff Joins Gigmor as CTO/Head of Product

I’m happy to share that Erik Neff has joined the Gigmor team as CTO/Head of Product. Erik is taking charge of our ambitious product roadmap to build a SaaS-powered artist booking marketplace that will disrupt the live music industry and create more jobs for musicians.

Erik is equally talented as both a creative and technology professional—a rare combination. Since 2008, he’s worked with LA-based interactive design agencies where he was CTO and oversaw UX Design for clients such as Twitter, Foot Locker, Tom’s Shoes, and VMWare. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors degree in Computer Science. True to Gigmor tradition, he has been a performing artist his whole life (classical piano, guitar, and EDM live sampling).

Here’s his ethos:

“Connect before you direct. Connection is the key. Whether it’s work or life, if you can feel a person’s pain, their needs, their ambitions, their delights, then you can think and act with empathy. That is what makes life worth living, and work worth doing.”

In a short period of time, Erik has already made a huge difference. Welcome Erik!

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Gigmor Announces New Subscription Plans

It’s been over a year since we launched our gigs marketplace. I’m proud to say that the response from artists and venues has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve taken giant strides toward our goal of revolutionizing live music booking and bringing more live music to fans everywhere. Gigmor has become the largest and fastest-growing live music marketplace in the US. We’re thrilled to be working with legendary venues like The Mint, Piano’s, Herman’s Hideaway, the Canyon Club and many others. (500 of them to be exact.) We just posted our 1,000th gig and growth is accelerating. I’m super proud of the Gigmor team who have worked tirelessly to make this happen.

Today we’re taking another step in our evolution by launching 3 subscription plans for artists: Basic, Premium & Pro.

What Does This Mean for Artists?

The Basic plan is free and designed for members who want an online profile that they can send to venues, fans or industry pros. Members need to upgrade to one of the two subscription plans in order to apply to gigs listed on the marketplace. Until October 31, we’re offering a one-time discount of 50% off our two annual plans: $50/year for the Premium plan (5 gig applications/month) and $100/year for the Pro plan (unlimited applications). Otherwise the plans are $9.99/month or $19.99/month. Needless to say, one booked gig and the subscription pays for itself.

Why Now?

For over a year we’ve kept Gigmor free so we could prove that we offer a superior solution to the live music industry without any economic barriers. As we grow, it’s important to find a sustainable price strategy for us and our members. Implementing subscriptions will help us grow so that we can deliver more high-quality gigs and add more venue partners and indie artists to the marketplace. It’ll also help us make faster progress on our every-growing product to-do list.

More news soon!

David Baird,

Founder/CEO

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American Idol Partners With Gigmor

I’m thrilled to announce that American Idol has partnered with Gigmor to find the next generation of singing superstars for season 2 on ABC. Needless to say, we’re thrilled that one of the biggest singing competitions in the world has chosen Gigmor as the best way to discover and evaluate the next generation of talent. Gigmor members will have the chance to be offered a Front of the Line Pass at one of 23 audition cities. We look forward to continuing the partnership to future seasons of American Idol as well as upcoming seasons of America’s Got Talent. Check out the gigs page and find the audition near you!

More news coming soon!

David Baird
Founder/CEO

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