Small-Time Booking Tours (Jul-Oct '11)

Posted by:  Small-Time Booking

 Booking 5 Sonicbids bands
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Summary

Small Time Booking is a boutique agency providing economical tour solutions for indie bands on a budget. STB is the perfect choice for bands looking to book tours but just don't have the time or resources to book a tour together themselves. They are looking for US artists of all genres who are looking to route a tour of any size. Sonicbids artists will be given an exclusive 15% discount off all tour and one-off gig rates. Small Time Booking guarantees to work with 5 Sonicbids artists./n/nSmall Time Booking is a boutique agency providing economical tour solutions for indie bands on a budget. STB is the perfect choice for bands looking to book tours but just don't have the time or resources to book a tour together themselves. They are looking for US artists of all genres who are looking to route a tour of any size.



Sonicbids artists will be given an exclusive 15% discount off all tour and one-off gig rates. Small Time Booking guarantees to work with 5 Sonicbids artists.



Small-Time Booking, offers a simple arrangement with no retainers. The STB people will book shows for selected bands and get paid on a per gig basis. There will be no retainers and no percentages for the agency.


Tour Rates:


  • $40 per gig booked 4-6 months in advance

  • $50 per gig booked 12-16 weeks in advance

  • $60 per gig booked 10-12 weeks in advance

  • $70 per gig booked 8-10 weeks in advance

  • For one-off gigs, add $20 to each of the above prices/time frames

Terms And Conditions

1. Exact dates are needed. I can't do anything for you until you are LOCKED IN to your tour dates.

However, if you tell me: "Hey, we're doing a Midwest CD release tour from August 10th - 25th, starting in New York and ending in Minneapolis. Can you help?" Then yes, I would love to. Once again, DO NOT contact me if you don't have your EXACT DATES planned out.

2. If I start working and you back out, I will hold you responsible for my fee, whether I have booked anything yet or not. Please do not put me in this position.

3. Have a respectable website or at least a Myspace page. I can't sell you to a venue if you don't have a legit looking web presence.

This means (A) have WELL PRODUCED recordings. Trashy demos of you playing in Mom's basement, however good the material may be, will get you nowhere.

Also, you must have (B) PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS. Live photos are ok, but pro band shots, posters and album artwork go a long way towards making you look like a real band/artist.

Also, your web page should have a (C) WELL WRITTEN BIO about you. That means anything remotely impressive you can say about yourself presented in complete sentences. Who have you played with? Have you gotten any good press? How many albums have you put out? Where have you toured? What cool venues or festivals have you played?

Don't be afraid to stretch the truth here and make yourself sound a little bigger than you might actually be. Just don't make things up outright.

If you contact me and I don't think your web presence is up to snuff to book decent gigs I will let you know. You can work on it and get back to me.

4. This isn't a "rule", per se, but it helps if you have a reason for playing a show or touring in the first place. If you're putting out a new album and having a CD release show, that's great. If you're putting on a fund raiser for some noble cause, that's wonderful. Anything that will make your show stick out among the dozens of other inquiries that venues are inundated with.

5. Do not hire a competing booker, or work on booking shows yourself if you have hired me. This will only lead to confusion, double booking, and headaches for everyone. If you hire me, just let me do my thing and don't get in the way.

If I'm working on a show/tour and you come to me and say you managed to set up something yourself and I shouldn't worry about it anymore, I will hold you responsible for my fee, because the work has already been done.

6. No college gigs or international tours just yet.

7. There are no financial guarantees. I do not negotiate with clubs for money. 99% of the gigs I book will be door deals. Sometimes a venue will offer a small guarantee or a food/beer tab. That's great. You're lucky if they do. My primary concern is making sure that you have a gig at all.

It is YOUR JOB to make sure you promote and get people in the door if you're concerned about making enough money. If you think your band has to have a $500 guarantee at every show, then you shouldn't be coming to me in the first place and best of luck to you.

If you don't have a draw in a town you are hoping to tour to, and are concerned about not making any money on a door deal, then you should ask yourself why you want to tour there in the first place. Most bands on their first tours are in it for love and exposure, and that's great. If that's not enough for you, than we probably aren't the agency for you.

8. There are no guarantees of any sort. Don't freak out if nothing comes together. Sometimes it just doesn't work out. If it doesn't, we're both in the same boat since there are no retainers.

9. If I book a show and you don't pay me promptly, I will be forced to cancel the show and instruct my nationwide network of venues to avoid working with you. Again, please don't put me in this position.

10. If I book a show and the venue cancels after you have paid me, I will give you a full refund. Scout's honor.

11. Finally, please DO NOT contact me simply to say "Hey, just wanted to touch base with you and get your info just so I have it on file if my vague future tour plans ever come to fruition." I get inundated with these kinds of emails, but I implore you to PLEASE WAIT until you actually have dates in mind before getting in touch with me or you are just wasting both of our time.