Gig Finder | How To Find Gigs
Page updated 3/1/2016
Locate gigs online through websites - Many bands
try any means necessary to locate paying gigs for their
band. One way to secure band gigs is to join a gig
finder website. There are so many to choose from
and many of the websites charge fees for their
services. These services are not only for bands but
also may include services for songwriters, promoters,
DJ's, entertainers, and booking agencies. These
gig finders offer services such as locating gigs to
play, increasing fan base, promoting your music in a
number of ways. Promotion tactics could include
social media band promotion or brand promotion with
their business partners. We have not used the
specific paid services listed below, but we can offer
you some advice on how to choose the gig finder that may
work best for your band.
One thing you should realize is that a gig finder is not
going to get you all the live shows you want right away or
maybe ever. Members of your band still need to search
for gigs independently as well to ensure that you maintain
contacts and relationships you may have already created with
venues and clubs. Sure, many clubs use booking agents
or entertainment bureaus to book bands for their venues, but
many smaller venues can not afford those services.
you want to be playing alot of gigs, use a gig finder
website as a supplement to your normal do it yourself gig
finding tactics. Self
promoting your band can actually work and if done
correctly may get you paid the most for your efforts.
We explain many tips on how to get
gigs on your own on this page as well. It's
not that we are saying not to use a gig finder, but if
you decide to do so, you will most likely still have alot of
work to do to find the gig itself.
How Gig Finder Websites Work
Listed below are some items to know before joining a
Finder website to locate shows for your band:
- Most of these websites have you set up a user name
and password to use their services.
- There are both free gig finders and paid services
(See below for gig finder websites)
- The gig finder website may ask you to pay a fee (ex:
a monthly profile fee or a by submission fee). Most of
these websites have a free trial period, so try that
before you pay any money to the company. Also,
before you pay any fees to a company, check them out at
the Better Business Bureau
www.bbb.org and make sure they do not have many
complaints. If they do have complaints, use your
best judgment before paying for their services.
During the free trial period, decide if the gig
information provided is useful and could eventually get
your band some paid gigs.
- Your band or act will have to either fill out or
upload a band profile. This information will be
shared through their sites with venues and promoters who
may need bands, talent, or DJ's. It's a good idea
to accurately depict your genre or style of music as
venues and promoters are typically looking for a certain
genre or sound. List similar sounding popular
bands as reference in your profile. Many promoters
look for bands that sound like another popular band.
You would be surprised how often this happens.
- If you band is fairly established you could probably
pull most of your band profile information from your
band website or band Facebook page
- Caution: If you are a regional
band from a smaller city, paid gig finder websites may
not be right for you at this point in your career.
If you are not a traveling band and stick to one city,
start out with our how to get
gigs page. In our opinion paid gig finders for
bands in smaller cities are not a cost effective option
for local bands who don't travel out of their area.
Many times you know your city music scene better than
someone running a website who may not even live in your
area. Try a free trial if you are still curious, and
make sure the site is right for your band needs. If you
can secure some gigs or prospects with the free trail,
then maybe it is worth pursing.
Benefits of Using a Gig Finder Website to Find Shows
- A good gig finder website may be able to get your
band to the right venues or promoters more quickly than you could on
your own. That's not to say that your band can't
do this on your own, but if the gig finder has the right
contacts listed they can get your music in the venue
hands more quickly.
- Many venues may sign up to use their services as
well to locate bands. Potential venues and booking
agents could find your band from your profile that you
would have set up in the initial sign up process
- Gig Finders may be able to promote your music
through their services as well
- Opportunities could arise from gig finder partners.
Perhaps a partner company uses gig finder to find music
for their corporate events.
- Many paid sites offer free trials to try their
- You may be able to submit music to songwriting
contests and through other avenues as well.
Cons of Using Gig Finders
- Fees are paid for some of their services (Either
monthly or by submission depending on the site)
- Typically there are no guarantees that you will find gigs
- Smaller bands who travel infrequently may not
benefit from paid services
- Make sure your music sounds professional, if
not that could hurt your chances of finding gigs
Gig Finder Websites (Paid and Unpaid)
Keep in mind that some gig finder sites have you pay a
fee for their services. Try a free trial before
ordering from paid gig finders.
Gigfinder.com - A place to post and find gigs for
musicians, bands, djs and entertainers
Reverb Nation Gig Finder - Over 100,000 listings,
Gig Finder connects you to the best venues in any town.
Customized results based on your band's previous gigs
and artists who are similar to you.
Sonic Bids - Locate Gigs, Over 100,000 gigs booked
Masters - Gig Masters is the #1 event entertainment
booking service. They guide party planners to
entertainer vendors and help members get gigs.
BandWagon - UK based gig finder
Search.twitter.com - Search for band gigs on twitter
Explore Talent- Make sure to click music in the drop
down box to get music related listings. If you
then click band you can get band specific listings to
Booking Entertainment.com - Booking agent for big
name bands, entertainers, and comedians
JamBase - This site is not truly a gig finder, but
lists many shows and venues for you to consider as a
band looking for gigs.
Live Music Finder for the UK - Live entertainment
from unsigned bands and artists across the UK