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10 Resources That Help Musicans Book Gigs Online

Dm_080603_surfing_the_www This is by no means an authoritative list of online booking tools. In fact, it may be missing a few players in the field. Duncan Freeman, the founder of Band Metrics and Indie Music Tech, published this list over the weekend. It’s a great overview of the many sites available though. I’m left to assume that there’s a demand for these tools and that some artists are finding them useful. Otherwise, a new tool wouldn’t be created every other day.

10 Resources That May Help Artists Book More Gigs:

  1. GigMasters (booking platform for artists and talent buyers)
  2. GigMaven (free and easy-to-use booking website for musicians; currently available in NY, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Austin, Phoenix and Ohio)
  3. Gigwish (influence venues, promoters and booking agents by enabling an artist's fans and their local music scene to vote for them)
  4. G2.fm (an online booking community where bands and musicians connect with venues by sharing their music)
  5. Live Music Machine (get booked anywhere for any type of live music event, as well as getting booked directly from MySpace)
  6. MusiGigs (a private beta service that helps artists get booked by connecting venues directly to bands)
  7. OnlineGigs (booking and promotional tool, and one of the largest detailed venue databases)
  8. ReverbNation's Gig Finder (search over 100,000 venues and clubs, and locate those that have booked similar Artists)
  9. Sonicbids (the largest and most successful online booking service for musicians, bands, managers, promoters, etc., as well as corporations and organizations looking to book artists)
  10. SplitGigs (a new social web-app that helps emerging artists find other artists to exchange and share gigs with)

Artists may also find sites like Eventful, Meetup, Bandsintown and Songkick helpful for locating venues and artists to perform with.

Do these tools work?  What problems do they create?  And, for all you shameless self-pluggers, which tools are missing from Freeman's list?

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