Gigging: A Practical Guide for Musicians

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Allworth Press, 2003 - Music - 241 pages
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Amateurs, semi-pros, part-timers, and even seasoned professionals will learn to make a living playing music in this practical guide. A 35-year music business veteran breaks down the steps to success by offering realistic advice, resources, and anecdotes for landing paid gigs. You will learn to find both traditional and unconventional outlets for performing, as well as how to gauge the compatibility of your music with specific venues. Covering the gamut of musical genres, this book offers in-depth guidance to all aspects of performing music live: establishing contacts; finding bandmates; auditioning; charging appropriate fees; caring for instruments; working with various types of sound equipment; following today’s standards for professionalism; booking gigs through agents and managers vs. do-it-yourself; working with other musicians, road crews, attorneys, publicists, and others; and much more. Insights are given for making optimal use of each gig through marketing and self-promotion, as well as understanding union affiliations, staying mentally and physically healthy, obtaining insurance, and much more. For anyone with aspirations to play music professionally, this volume is a must-have! 

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About the author (2003)

Patricia Shih has been a professional songwriter and musician for 35 years. She has recorded four albums and has appeared on television in the PBS special “Patty Shih—Music from the Gallery” and as star of Cablevision's Tell Me a Story. She lives in Huntington, NY.

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