Find Paying Gigs and Sleep For Free

by Dave on September 25, 2010

10 resources that may help artists book more gigs:

  • GigMasters (booking platform for artists and talent buyers)
  • 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)
  • Gigwish (influence venues, promoters and booking agents by enabling an artist’s fans and their local music scene to vote for them)
  • (an online booking community where bands and musicians connect with venues by sharing their music)
  • Live Music Machine (get booked anywhere for any type of live music event, as well as getting booked directly from MySpace)
  • MusiGigs (a private beta service that helps artists get booked by connecting venues directly to bands)
  • OnlineGigs (booking and promotional tool, and one of the largest detailed venue databases)
  • ReverbNation’s Gig Finder (search over 100,000 venues and clubs, and locate those that have booked similar Artists)
  • 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)
  • SplitGigs (a new social webapp 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.

One of the biggest hurdles to gigging is the cost of staying in even the cheapest hotels. It can easily gobble up whatever profit you have. This leaves you the option of sleeping in the van with 4 people who ate the same bad chili you did. Not a good sleep (or breathing )environment. Enter Better Than the Van

If you’re not sure what cities will support you check out The service is designed to to help bands and their agents quantify the demand for gigs geographically, and help them make better decisions on where to play. Hard stats, Gigwiz hopes, will make it much easier for agents to convince local promoters to book their bands.

Have you used any of these gigs? Know of any others? Leave a comment below!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Roos September 27, 2010 at 4:25 am

Those platforms that you list that require artists to submit bids through the website do not allow artists to negotiate with the producers of the gig. I prefer platforms that do not have this requirement.

Check out, too. I have had incredible success with this platform.


David Jackson September 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Over at they talk about


Dave Jackson October 9, 2010 at 2:10 am
siki? November 4, 2010 at 5:09 am

Sorry for the huge review, but I’m really loving the new Zune, and hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.


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