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 Post subject: Sonic Bids Tips
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:13 am 
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I have NOT used Sonic Bids' services, so I am not in a position to recommend for or against using them, though some folks seem to find them very handy for getting gigs in certain genres in certain regions.

That said, they have a number of blogs and downloadable documents that are targeted to indie musicians, especially in the realm of getting gigs and repeat gigs.

Here are a few I came across today after I downloaded their little pdf handbook on getting gigs:

http://info.sonicbids.com/get-booked/in ... cian-guide

5 Steps to fill up your caendar with gigs every week of 2015 (well, you get the idea)
http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-steps-to-fi ... ek-of-2015

How much money can you actually make playing house concerts?
http://blog.sonicbids.com/how-much-mone ... e-concerts

Three situations when it's worth it to take a gig that doesn't pay
http://blog.sonicbids.com/3-times-its-w ... doesnt-pay

Five Common Gig-Booking Mistakes you can easily avoid
http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-common-gig- ... sily-avoid

How to become a gig-booking guru
http://blog.sonicbids.com/how-to-become ... oking-guru

5 signs you're ready to play outside your home town.
http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-signs-youre ... r-hometown

How to Expand Your Band's Presence outside of your local scene
http://blog.sonicbids.com/how-to-expand ... ocal-scene


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 Post subject: Re: Sonic Bids Tips
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Here are some more:
The best and worst days of the week to play a show
http://blog.sonicbids.com/the-best-and- ... lay-a-show

What's the Difference Between a Concert Promoter, Talent Buyer, and Booking Agent?
http://blog.sonicbids.com/whats-the-dif ... king-agent

How to Work Your Way Up from Entry-level venues?
http://blog.sonicbids.com/how-to-work-y ... vel-venues

The most important thing you need to understand about booking shows
http://blog.sonicbids.com/the-most-impo ... king-shows

Four Types of People You Can Get Gigs From and How To Ask Them
http://blog.sonicbids.com/4-types-of-pe ... o-ask-them

How to Successfully Book Follow-Up Gigs With Venue Bookers
http://blog.sonicbids.com/how-to-succes ... ue-bookers

Book Yourself: 5 Benefits of Hosting Your Own Showcase
http://blog.sonicbids.com/book-yourself ... -showcases


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 Post subject: Re: Sonic Bids Tips
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Here are some more:

5 Truths to Know Before You Go on Your First Tour
http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-truths-to-k ... first-tour

Songwriting 101: Why It's Crucial for Every Serious Songwriter to Learn Demo Production
http://blog.sonicbids.com/songwriting-1 ... production

Beyond Capitals: 5 Incredible Smaller Cities to Tour in the South That You Need to Know About
http://blog.sonicbids.com/beyond-capita ... -the-south

Here's What a PR Checklist Looks Like for Established vs. Developing Bands (From a Music Publicist)
http://blog.sonicbids.com/pr-campaign-c ... ping-bands

The 4 Most Valuable Places to Give Away a Free Song
http://blog.sonicbids.com/4-most-valuab ... -free-song


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Also:

Vocal Production 101: Intro to Pitch Correction
http://blog.sonicbids.com/vocal-product ... correction


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Today's batch of new articles:

5 ways to gain Fans that Don't Involve Releasing New Music
http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-methods-of- ... i=26288768

5 ways to Screw Up Your Band Photos:
http://blog.sonicbids.com/what-not-to-d ... i=26288768

The 7 Musicians You Meet on Your Way to Finding the Perfect Bandmates
http://blog.sonicbids.com/the-7-musicia ... i=26288768

The One Sentence Everyone Needs to Stop Saying to Artists
http://blog.sonicbids.com/one-sentence- ... i=26288768

5 More Iconic Musicians Who Didn't Find Success Until Their 30s
http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-more-iconic ... i=26288768



Video Tutorial: How to EQ Vocals in 3 Steps
http://blog.sonicbids.com/video-tutoria ... i=26288768


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Here's another - 5 Things Every Musician Should have in their E-mail signature

http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-things-ever ... -signature


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Okay, since I started this thread, I have signed up for Sonic Bids at the 1-year level. I have applied for about 35 gigs and not gotten any of them, including a few I really WAS suited for. At the moment, I have no performance videos and few recordings on my sites, so most of that is on me. But I have friends who have all kinds of content out there - and plenty of talent - who still aren't getting any bids from their membership.

One friend says she likes their "Digital Press Kit" and has gotten gigs as a result of having that online. So that's something.

I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here's another article from them, about how to use your band's practice time most effectively. The main thing they leave out is having everyone learn their parts BEFORE they show up.

Also developing their skills independently. Sight-singing lessons, guitar/banjo/bass/drum/whatever lessons, voice lessons (for EVERYBODY), music theory classes . . . . . Some bands just seem to get together to "pool their ignorance." But that's not your band, of course.

http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-productivit ... -enjoyable


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 Post subject: Re: Sonic Bids Tips
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Here's a music lawyer's blog that Sonic Bids linked to about getting stuff in writing early, in case things become "fuzzy" or just plain contentious later:

http://blog.sonicbids.com/get-it-in-wri ... ign=buffer


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 Post subject: Re: Sonic Bids Tips
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By the way, since I started this thread, I HAVE signed up for Sonic Bids and spent actual money NOT getting gigs month after month. The truth is, there aren't that many Folk gigs anyway, and I don't have enough music online to really give folks an idea of what I do, so that's on me. I signed up because I wanted to see what they actually do for you, which is basically to provide email lists of gigs they know about, which includes mostly shows I have no business applying for (hip-hop, heavy metal. . .) and provide a searchable list of gigs that filters out musical styles that aren't on your list, including gigs you could probably do reasonably well.

They also publish articles by music writers trying to make a name for themselves, so those are often uneven in quality. But this one is very useful to anyone performing, especially if you're outside of your familiar haunts.

http://blog.sonicbids.com/how-to-proper ... every-time


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