HOW TO GET GIGS
Open Mic UK gives unsigned artists advice on how to get music gigs.
How to get gigs: Knowing how to get gigs is fundamental skill for unsigned artists to further their music careers. Performing live is crucial to gaining a fan base as well as getting your music heard by the right people. Therefore check out Open Mic UK’s advice on how to get gigs below.
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MUSIC GIGS - HOW TO GET GIGS
There are many ways in which unsigned artists can get and perform at music gigs:
- Open Mic Nights
Most local music venues or even pubs hold an Open Mic night every week. So sign yourself up for them. Don’t just stick to your local venue, try and venture out to other venues to expand your fan base and contacts.
- Getting support slots
Network, network and network! Speaking to other singers and musicians will hopefully open up more performance opportunities such as shared gigs, or support slots.
- Contact Music Promoters
It is often a promoter who puts acts forward for support slots or gigs so make sure you network with local promoters too. Get in touch with them and give them your details. Having a good reputation, both in terms of fan base and performance level, will also help you stand out to music promoters.
Always be prepared for an act to drop out at the last minute so you get the call to step in. It could be the show that moves you up the ladder!
- Community events
Being well known in the community can open many doors for a singer. So why not take some time to volunteer your talent to community events such as church fetes and open days for example. You never know who’s going to turn up to one of those events.
The best way to get yourself some festival slots is to contact them, however make sure you do your research! Don’t waste your time trying to contact people who may actually have no relevance to what you want, for example a festival for heavy metal or folk when that isn’t inline with your music. Instead, take your time to compile a list of useful contacts who could help you get your foot in the door. Find out when to apply, as a seasonal event festival organisers often start booking months and months before.
It’s unlikely that any of the big festivals are going to book you if you have little or no experience playing at other festivals. So it is more realistic for you to look at local festivals as they’ll be more likely to book local talent. You may have to do quite a few local festivals before any big ones take you seriously. Most local festivals have an application form on their website, where you can apply; these are only open for a short period of time, so it’s wise to check them on a regular basis.
Hot Tip: Perform wherever you can and as much as you can as this will help develop your stage craft and confidence!
HOW TO GET GIGS
Check out our other useful tips and advice for unsigned artists to get gigs below and check how to showcase your talent by entering the Open Mic UK music competition here!
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