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Band Building Workshop


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  • 1.
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  • 4. Words Of Wisdom
    Remember – It is the Music Business!
    There is no substitute for hard work.
    Your music will never mean more to anyone than it does to you.
    Never f*ck with people on your way up coz you will meet them on your way down – OzzyOsbourne
    Hire a good lawyer. Understand every contract you sign.
  • 5. Band Basics
    Learn you instruments
    Level of ambition
    Band members
    Divide tasks by skill
    Book your own shows
    1 Gig = 10 Rehearsals
    Create and sell your merchandise
    Sell your music at your shows
    Get to know other bands
    Don’t be an Assh*le
    Murphy's Law
    YOU are responsible!
  • 6. What can YOU do?
    Build your online profile
    Book you own shows
    Create a demo tape
    Build a press kit
    Interact with your fans
    Be original!
  • 7. Going International
    Remember this.
    India has a population of 1.2 BILLION people and about 2000 metal bands including small garage bands and professional acts.
    Norway has a population of 4.8 million but they have 25,000 metal bands!!!
  • 8. How the scene works Internationally?
  • 9. How the scene works locally?
  • 10. And then what?
  • 11.
  • 12. The Chain
  • 13. Artist/Band Manager
    The task of a manager is take care of the day to day running of the band's career, so the band can focus on the creative side of things
    For unsigned artists, managers should:
    Send out demos to labels, radio stations, local print media, and online publications
    Book gigs and invite labels and the media to the shows
    Network and talk to people about the band
    Help book studio time and practice sessions
    Explore funding opportunities for the band
    For signed artists, managers should:
    Negotiate financial deals with the label for expenses like touring and recording
    Oversee other people working for the band, like accountants, agents, and merchandisers.
    Managers are generally paid a percentage of the band's income: often 15% to 20%. In addition to their percentage, managers should not have to cover any expenses out of their own pocket.
  • 14. Booking Agents
    Music agents, who are also called booking agents, talent agents, or simply agents, are the people who make the live music happen.
    Liaise with bands/labels/management to agree on a window for tour dates, the financial and logistic requirements of the tour, and the goals of the tour (promote a new album, etc).
    Contact promoters and venues to pitch bands and agree on performance dates.
    Arrange contracts with promoters regarding pay, rider, guest list, and equipment.
    Music agents get paid a percentage of the proceeds from a tour. These proceeds are limited to the actual payments for performances and do not include money earned from merchandise sales. The most common arrangement between a band and an agent is for the agent to get between 10% and 15% of the money paid to a band for a gig, though 18% or even 20% is not entirely unheard of.
  • 15. Booking Agents
    The Advantages:
    Booking tours is time consuming and involves lots of juggling of dates and other information. Having someone to do the job for you can free you up to work on your music.
    Agents have contacts at venues and with promoters that you may not have, so they can get you shows you might struggle to get on your own.
    Agents may have familiarity with out of town venues that you don't have, so they can save you from booking inappropriate shows.
    Existing relationships with venues and promoters may help agents land you a better deal for shows than you could have secured on your own. In fact, since they get a cut of your earnings, it is in their interest to get you the best deal for the show that they can!
    Since live shows are so important in building a fanbase, having an agent on board who can give you a helping hand up to bigger shows, better venues, opening slots for bigger acts and so on can be instrumental in building your career.
  • 16. Tour Manager
    Tour managers are responsible for making sure a concert tour runs smoothly. Their jobs involve looking after the tour finances, making sure everyone is where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there and generally making sure that everyone on tour is on task. Tour manager jobs often also involve dealing with the personal issues of the other people on tour and generally making sure that everyone on tour is happy.
    Tour managers are in charge of the all of the business aspects of a tour. Their jobs include, but are not limited to:
    Confirming reservations
    Managing tour finances
    Getting everyone to where they need to be on time
    Dealing with promoters, venue managers, ticket agents, etc
    Confirming show times
    On larger tours, the job of tour manager might be split between a few people. For instance, there may be a tour accountant to manage the finances and someone else managing the road crew. However, there will always be a one person with the ultimate responsibility/decision making power to whom these additional managers report.
  • 17. Promoter
    The main job of a music promoter, usually simply called a promoter, is to publicize a concert. Promoters are the people in charge of "putting on" the show. If the promoter is not tied to a specific venue, they should:
    Liaise with bands and agents to agree on a date for a performance
    Negotiate a deal with the band/agent for the show - what fee will be paid? Will the promoter provide accommodation?
    Book a venue for that agreed upon date
    Promote the upcoming gig to the local press and radio, put up posters and email their mailing list
    Make sure everything the band needs is in place - backline, accommodation, rider, etc.
    Set up soundcheck times and the running order of the show
    Arrange for a support band
  • 18. Record Labels
    What a record label does is:
  • 19. Demo Submission Guidelines
    Quality Matters
    Don't send more than 3 songs
    Put your best song 1st
    Ensure that you have your contact details present
    Make the effort to send a decent press kit
    Read all the submission guidelines on the label website
    Target the right record labels
    Be prepared to face rejection
  • 20. Contract Hell
    Kind of Deal
    Cost Splitting
    Number of Albums/Terms
    Tour Support
    Recoupable & Non-recoupable expenses
    Sign on Fee
  • 21. Copyright & Publishing
  • 22. What can WE do?
    Work together
    Find a common goal
    Share resources
    Share ideas
    Help distribute music
    Encourage fans to purchase music & merch
    Provide value for money
  • 23. Credits
    Anders Odden
    Furtados Music
    Norwegian Black Metal
    Fenriz and Abbath
    Demonic Omeletes
    Nescafe Gold Coffee