Simon Says Booking - 2009 Roster Addition

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  Booking 1 Sonicbids band

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Simon Says Booking is a full service booking and publicity agency in its seventh year of independent operation. The current roster includes Garaj Mahal, Freekbass, Chicago Afrobeat Project, the Zen Tricksters, Woodbox Gang, and others.. Past and present clients include Max Creek, ulu, Antigone Rising, ALBINO!, Will Bernard, One Under, Fareed Haque, Phat Phunktion, Moses Guest, and countless others. Freelance clients past and present include Badfish, Superhoney, the Boston Horns, the Casual Fiasco, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Roots of Creation, and many others.

Simon Says Booking is located in Northern MA, but they service events across the United States. In the past three years, Simon Says has booked over 5,000 shows totaling over $2.5 million worth of business for their clients. In addition to handling bands, Simon Syas has a history of talent buying for events including the first ever Oregon Kids Fest, the Church of Universal Love and Music and ski areas, colleges, private high schools and clubs around the country. In total, well over 10,000 shows have been booked by the agency and its agents over the years.

Simon Says Booking is capable of representing any genre and style, but concentrates on Funk, Rock, Jam, Bluegrass, R&B, Soul, and Ethnic/World bands. In the past Simon Says has represented everything including Radio Rock, Conscious Hip-Hop, Cajun, and even Punk bands. It would be no trouble to book any band or artist who is well known, but bands who are in need of serious development in the genres that include Metal, Singer/Songwriter, Country, and Hip-Hop might NOT find what they are seeking. That being said, any high quality band or artist will be appropriate for submission, regardless of genre, especially if their development has lead to label and fan interest. Artists based outside of the United States are unlikely to be signed unless they have significant market history and development in the US already.

One Sonicbids band will be chosen as a 2009 roster addition. Many other bands will be selected for freelance opportunities throughout the year.

Simon Says prides itself on operating the agency differently than others, noting that although they handle rock stars, they don't act like rock stars themselves. Their motto is “We Are Here to Help You.” That philosophy permeates relationships with client bands as well as talent buyers around the country. The company has grown in sales 10-50% every year since its inception including 50% growth three years ago in 2005.

While there are typically 10-20 bands on the Simon Says roster, up to 100 other bands can be freelanced in any given year. Many bands who were not chosen for exclusive representation in the past were offered freelance work through the agency. Their bands have played major festivals from coast to coast, and many buyers lean on Simon Says to supply them with new talent and to search out the most interesting and professional musicians touring today.