Plum Gigs vs. Hard Tack The ecology of gigging in the Scottish Folk Scene
The launch of a new folk band <ul><ul><li>Helping to establish a profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Awards </li></ul><...
Developing a successful folk band <ul><li>The development from ‘new band’ into ‘established band’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Se...
The Diversity of Gigs pros and cons <ul><li>Celtic Connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fantastic opportunity to try out new ...
A Multi-faceted Career
Issues faced by the gigging musician; A few questions <ul><li>What are the options in finding a good balance between keepi...
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Musician Jenn Butterworth's presentation to Trad Talk, the Traditional Music Forum conference, Dundee, Scotland, 26 March, 2011

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  • We spent a lot of time rehearsing new sets, and although the work was coming in, it wasn’t enough to sustain us financially. We didn’t have so much of a problem with this as we were all studying at University and had reasonable amounts of time available to put the work in.
  • It takes time to command higher fees Get out and build a reputation
  • This is an insight into ONE of the MANY approaches to self employment as a musician. I make sure that each month I am making enough money to break even. I’m not in a regular working band, so any gigs I get have to be over and above the work I already have to survive.
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    1. 1. Plum Gigs vs. Hard Tack The ecology of gigging in the Scottish Folk Scene
    2. 2. The launch of a new folk band <ul><ul><li>Helping to establish a profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Awards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hype – press / social media </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Album </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Necessary as a promotional tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some bands can’t make the CD without the gigs, but can’t get the gigs without the CD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a large event as a springboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can make successful links with promoters to secure gigs for the following year. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Having a recording and promotional material can help to use the gig to it’s full potential. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Developing a successful folk band <ul><li>The development from ‘new band’ into ‘established band’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Second album </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Striving to be better than the first, to show development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Acceptable fees, knowing what the going rate is </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trio meant the fees stretched further </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We regularly shared family rooms and travelled in 1 car </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More aware of promotion required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hired an agent </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attending Showcase Scotland </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing relationships with promoters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Created a set list book with notes about what we played, the venue and the promoter / others involved </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. The Diversity of Gigs pros and cons <ul><li>Celtic Connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fantastic opportunity to try out new ideas / projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New ideas can’t always be taken out of the festival and on the road as few festival/concerts have a comparable size of audience and therefore financing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh Fringe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting to be involved in a vibrant festival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great opportunity to potentially reach new listeners from all over the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A lot of competition with so many events, and with costs such as publicity and venue hire. It can be difficult to make money - most shows make a loss. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Folk Clubs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The chance to develop an audience from the grass roots level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not great fees, supply of sound equipment can be difficult </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TV & Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrequent but very useful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaching a wide audience immediately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make the most of the opportunity, i.e. ensure your website is up to date </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. A Multi-faceted Career
    6. 6. Issues faced by the gigging musician; A few questions <ul><li>What are the options in finding a good balance between keeping the diary free for gigs whilst still maintaining a financially sustainable working life? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you continue to progress as a musician both individually and as part of an ensemble? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you work successfully with an agent or a promoter to ensure the development of your audience? </li></ul>
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