4 Gig Booking Sites: BandSurfing, Indie On The Move, Getagig Info, Sonicbids
My recent discussion of DIYgigs.com returned some suggestions for similar web services. Here I briefly discuss four sites, BandSurfing, Indie on the Move, Getagig Info and Sonicbids, focusing on their usefulness for indie musicians booking their own gigs.
- BandSurfing is still in process but the emphasis on connecting bands and people booking shows is central to the concept. Here's a basic demo of the service and the pricing once you get past three free monthly "plugs".
- Getagig Info is a free site with a UK focus but a search for London venues seemed surprisingly short. Since you can submit gig requests to venues via a form on Getagig, it may cut through some noise with promoters who've registered for the service.
- Indie on the Move is clearly focused on the United States with its interactive map of US venues. It seemed the most useful of all the sites for booking gigs at clubs in the States with a full range of free options. Reviews are attributed to account names so anonymity is an option for artists rating and reviewing clubs.
- Sonicbids is probably the most well-known of this bunch and their listings were primarily focused on special events such as festivals with opportunities not found on the other sites. Though one can identify some venues that book musical acts on an ongoing basis, it's not really set up for that. SonicBids facilitates the application process and is available with two subscription levels.
We have some promising resources but none are at a point where they can clearly dominate the field, though Indie on the Move seems closest. The proprietary application platforms do show promise of cutting through some noise so their growth is worth watching. Overall musicians are still faced with stitching things together on their own.
Hypebot contributor Clyde Smith is a freelance writer and blogger. Flux Research is his business writing hub and All World Dance: World Dance News is his primary web project.
The problem with Sonic Bids is that it’s a lot like going to Vegas and gambling. You put your money down and just hope your epk/promo pack gets looked at, and maybe, just maybe, you get the gig.
Rather than paying to be in a gig lottery, you are better off taking the money and booking your own gigs. I avoid any venue that makes me use Sonic Bids…
How about an updated version of this article that looks at software rather than online management systems?
There seems to be a terrible lack of options out there for Indie bands and individual performers. Even Professional Speakers need easy to use software that is low cost or no cost for those with little or no budget. It seems to me that most people are marketing pay-as-you-go online systems that are out of the budget for most who are just starting out and really need the leg up.
There has to be a system(s) out there started by those who have been down the hard road of just starting out. Who is out there paying it forward?
I’m a band manager and use getagig.info to book gigs. I find their service to be the best as it’s quick and unrestricted. My 2 pence!
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