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  • If You Were Picking The Bands For A Festival....

    ... how would you do it?

    Craigslist?

    MySpace?

    Facebook?

    ReverbNation?

    Sonic Bids?

    I have been tasked with picking all the music for the Frisco Arts Festival. This is a local arts festival based in Frisco, Texas (a northern suburb of Dallas). I have a lot of contacts within the local blues community. So I'll be able to leverage that to get some really great talent in that genre. But this isn't a blues festival. It's an arts festival. So I would like to get a wide variety of musical styles on the stage. And I'd like to highlight some cultural music if possible (think Festival Internationale in Lafayette.)

    If you were in my shoes, how would you begin? Also, if you have advice for me on how to run a professional festival, I'll take all the lessons learned that you guys have acquired over the years.

    Thanks,

    Michael Schaefer
    Director - Frisco Association for the Arts
    Proud Member of the Texas Blues Roadhouse - The Home of Texas Blues. Click HERE for info.

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    I have no idea, but I wouldn't go to craigslist. Good bands will not respond to craiglist ads... I would think you need to contact them directly. If you go to craiglist you are going to get the delusional bedroom hacks.

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    • #3
      I have no idea, but I wouldn't go to craigslist. Good bands will not respond to craiglist ads... I would think you need to contact them directly. If you go to craiglist you are going to get the delusional bedroom hacks.


      Good point.
      Proud Member of the Texas Blues Roadhouse - The Home of Texas Blues. Click HERE for info.

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      • #4
        To do it right, you are really going to have to do it the old fashioned networking way. I mean an ad on those other sites wouldn't hurt, but like Sickman said, you're going to have to weed through a boatload of crap to find anything worthwhile.
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        Jason
        My band: http://www.facebook.com/thetrickydickies

        "Do or do not. There is no try" - Yoda

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        • #5
          To do it right, you are really going to have to do it the old fashioned networking way. I mean an ad on those other sites wouldn't hurt, but like Sickman said, you're going to have to weed through a boatload of crap to find anything worthwhile.


          What exactly is that old fashioned networking way?
          Proud Member of the Texas Blues Roadhouse - The Home of Texas Blues. Click HERE for info.

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          • #6
            Talk to club owners and people who book bands for clubs. Talk to other bands that play in the area that you respect. Find out who people like to go see in the area. Basically use word of mouth.
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            Jason
            My band: http://www.facebook.com/thetrickydickies

            "Do or do not. There is no try" - Yoda

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            • #7
              I'd put an ad on CL. Make sure to include the words "free", "exposure" and "showcase". That way you'll get free publicity here.

              seriously, good luck with your endevour.
              Member: IBANEZ ACOUSTIC ASSASSINS

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              • #8
                ... how would you do it?

                Craigslist?

                MySpace?

                Facebook?

                ReverbNation?

                Sonic Bids?

                I have been tasked with picking all the music for the Frisco Arts Festival. This is a local arts festival based in Frisco, Texas (a northern suburb of Dallas). I have a lot of contacts within the local blues community. So I'll be able to leverage that to get some really great talent in that genre. But this isn't a blues festival. It's an arts festival. So I would like to get a wide variety of musical styles on the stage. And I'd like to highlight some cultural music if possible (think Festival Internationale in Lafayette.)

                If you were in my shoes, how would you begin? Also, if you have advice for me on how to run a professional festival, I'll take all the lessons learned that you guys have acquired over the years.

                Thanks,

                Michael Schaefer
                Director - Frisco Association for the Arts




                How much time do you have? How big is the festival? How big is the stage? Is it a pro concert stage? Is there an admission fee? How many bands are you booking? What's the budget? These are all questions that dictate the answer to your question.

                Typically, the festivals I play book the bigger talent 8 months to a year in advance, then the regional guys 5-8 months out, then the local talent about 6 months out. This gives them lots of time to solicit and receive applications, do some research, and go hear the people when they can, or at least find out about them from other venues.

                No festival I play books based on social network sites. The want to see your track record, where you've played, hear your CDs, read your press, and talk to other festival directors who have hired you. I'm sure there are probably some that do, though, depending on the festival.
                http://www.patcoast.com"The guy would be strumming along, singing the verse to “Margarittavile” and then he would hit his harmonizer pedal for the chorus. It went from sounding like a guy singing and playing guitar to sounding like the Stephen Hawkings trio."-Christhee68" the singer of my cover band used to find it funny to let out gaseous forms of vile hate and sadness that would make a plaster baby Jesus weep."- FitchFY

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                • #9
                  1. NO NO NO on craigslist. I can't think of a single decent band looking at craigslist for gigs.
                  2. Myspace is good for listening to the bands
                  3. ASK AROUND - A lot of Dallas/Plano/Richardson people have bands they like and would be happy to give you recs
                  4. DONT FORGET ABOUT AUSTIN!!!! - It -is- the live music capitol of at least Texas so there are a lot of great bands down here. I'd be happy to recommend some great bands who are all-ages-friendly and span all genres.
                  Originally Posted by 6StringSling


                  I played violin for four years in grade school, I know what it's like to play in a band/group and I know what it's like to play on stage.(slightly edited)



                  my rig: Eastwood Airline Map and a '96 blueshawk played through a VHT 100 Watt Pittbull Combo or an Orange Tiny Terror if the place has a bunch of stairs or isn't paying well.
                  www.facebook.com/austincowbell
                  www.austincowbell.com

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                  • #10
                    Take the budget ,, the festival site , and the stage. find your headliner , then work back down the feeding chain to fill out the time slots. You have to hold the budget. Alot can be done to hold the budget by using popular bands that have a good draw on the local level. Home town favs make people happy. Spending too much on out of towners can be a waste. You do want a headliner than has good name recogniciton even if its not a national act. even a strong well known local act can work for a low budget show. You need a draw and people good enough to entertain the crowd.

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                    • #11
                      1. NO NO NO on craigslist. I can't think of a single decent band looking at craigslist for gigs.
                      2. Myspace is good for listening to the bands
                      3. ASK AROUND - A lot of Dallas/Plano/Richardson people have bands they like and would be happy to give you recs
                      4. DONT FORGET ABOUT AUSTIN!!!! - It -is- the live music capitol of at least Texas so there are a lot of great bands down here. I'd be happy to recommend some great bands who are all-ages-friendly and span all genres.


                      We'll talk.
                      Proud Member of the Texas Blues Roadhouse - The Home of Texas Blues. Click HERE for info.

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                      • #12
                        How much time do you have? How big is the festival? How big is the stage? Is it a pro concert stage? Is there an admission fee? How many bands are you booking? What's the budget? These are all questions that dictate the answer to your question.

                        Typically, the festivals I play book the bigger talent 8 months to a year in advance, then the regional guys 5-8 months out, then the local talent about 6 months out. This gives them lots of time to solicit and receive applications, do some research, and go hear the people when they can, or at least find out about them from other venues.

                        No festival I play books based on social network sites. The want to see your track record, where you've played, hear your CDs, read your press, and talk to other festival directors who have hired you. I'm sure there are probably some that do, though, depending on the festival.


                        Festival is in October. There will be two medium size stages this year. And next year, we should have access to the main stage at Pizza Hut Park (the FC Dallas Soccer Stadium). There will be an admission fee to enter the festival grounds ($7 last year). We had approx. 30 bands on the main stage last year over the course of 3 days. Plus we had a community stage with probably the same number of acts from local schools and such.

                        Budget. I'm not able to release those numbers. But last year, it was over 6 figures. This year will be less than last year. But it will still be significant. Pressure is on by the city this year to be profitable. So there's downward pressure on variable expenses like entertainers. But I think we can be a little smarter this year and still get some great regional headline acts if we move quickly.
                        Proud Member of the Texas Blues Roadhouse - The Home of Texas Blues. Click HERE for info.

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                        • #13
                          Festival is in October. There will be two medium size stages this year. And next year, we should have access to the main stage at Pizza Hut Park (the FC Dallas Soccer Stadium). There will be an admission fee to enter the festival grounds ($7 last year). We had approx. 30 bands on the main stage last year over the course of 3 days. Plus we had a community stage with probably the same number of acts from local schools and such.

                          Budget. I'm not able to release those numbers. But last year, it was over 6 figures. This year will be less than last year. But it will still be significant. Pressure is on by the city this year to be profitable. So there's downward pressure on variable expenses like entertainers. But I think we can be a little smarter this year and still get some great regional headline acts if we move quickly.




                          I didn't mean to imply you had to reveal your budget here-just that it's a consideration.

                          You may want to work with some agents for your upper end talent.
                          As AC said, there's lots of diverse talent in Austin. But you have to have the budget to put them up if you book them from out of town. Typically, my band gets two motel rooms for every out of town gig we do. When I was a 7 piece, we got 3.
                          http://www.patcoast.com"The guy would be strumming along, singing the verse to “Margarittavile” and then he would hit his harmonizer pedal for the chorus. It went from sounding like a guy singing and playing guitar to sounding like the Stephen Hawkings trio."-Christhee68" the singer of my cover band used to find it funny to let out gaseous forms of vile hate and sadness that would make a plaster baby Jesus weep."- FitchFY

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                          • #14
                            I didn't mean to imply you had to reveal your budget here-just that it's a consideration.

                            You may want to work with some agents for your upper end talent.
                            As AC said, there's lots of diverse talent in Austin. But you have to have the budget to put them up if you book them from out of town. Typically, my band gets two motel rooms for every out of town gig we do. When I was a 7 piece, we got 3.


                            Ok, next question. How do I find a good talent agent in my region for the upper level talent? Word of mouth?
                            Proud Member of the Texas Blues Roadhouse - The Home of Texas Blues. Click HERE for info.

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                            • #15
                              Well, one way is to locate an upper level band you might want and find out who represents them. This could be as simple as emailing them or even finding it on their website. Often their agents represent several people and usually know the other agents, since they often work together to bundle their collective talent in shows.
                              http://www.patcoast.com"The guy would be strumming along, singing the verse to “Margarittavile” and then he would hit his harmonizer pedal for the chorus. It went from sounding like a guy singing and playing guitar to sounding like the Stephen Hawkings trio."-Christhee68" the singer of my cover band used to find it funny to let out gaseous forms of vile hate and sadness that would make a plaster baby Jesus weep."- FitchFY

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