The Touring Musician: A Small-Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road

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Alfred Music - Music - 256 pages
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The Touring Musician helps performers at all levels of experience to take control of their careers. Packed with practical information, this invaluable handbook guides musicians in applying sound business practices to band travel by evaluating assets, creating an action plan, researching, negotiating, and booking venues, arranging transportation and lodgings, managing personal and tour finances, and getting publicity.

The Touring Musician includes:
* Point-by-point advice about how to set up a small business
* Eleven sample worksheets and checklists, in a ready-to-photocopy format, that will help keep you and your information organized
* Samples of the major types of legal documents involved in booking a band
* A step-by-step chapter showing you how to book and route a sample tour, including five calendars and five budgets
* Plus solid advice about how to research your venue contacts, negotiate gigs and fees, manage your band finances, coordinate your promotional activities, and much, much more.
 

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Contents

Developing a Positive Mental Attitude
14
Jetting Your Attitude Together
18
ORGANIZING YOUR BUSINESS
31
SETTING UP YOUR OFFICE
41
SELECTING AND PACKAGING YOUR BAND
54
MANAGING YOUR TIME AND INFORMATION
66
Booking Your Tour
91
CONTACTING VENUES AND NEGOTIATING GIGS
105
ARRANGING TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA
174
Arranging Ground and Water Travel
189
Arranging Hotel Accommodations
195
Arranging Foreign Hotel Accommodations
213
ORGANIZING YOUR TOUR FINANCES
215
CONDUCTING YOUR PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES
230
AFTERWORD
242
Copyright

MANAGING TOUR ROUTING AND BUDGETS
143

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