Tour Book: How To Get YOUR Music on the Road [NOOK Book]


Live music is a huge industry. In 2006, concert ticket sales totaled {dollar}3.6 billion in North America alone! Playing live is an integral part of the success of any musician, band, or artist. There is a huge difference between writing and recording your songs in your home studio or rehearsal space and going out and putting on a show. If you can't cut it live, then you really won't impress any audience, let alone gain a record deal and sell your music.

So how do you make sure ...

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Live music is a huge industry. In 2006, concert ticket sales totaled {dollar}3.6 billion in North America alone! Playing live is an integral part of the success of any musician, band, or artist. There is a huge difference between writing and recording your songs in your home studio or rehearsal space and going out and putting on a show. If you can't cut it live, then you really won't impress any audience, let alone gain a record deal and sell your music.

So how do you make sure your show has the maximum impact? How do you appear professional and knowledgeable in an industry that has its own conventions, language, and baffling technical terms? How do you get booked into a venue and get paid? How do you then get bigger and better shows? The Tour Book: How to Get Your Music on the Road answers these questions and many more. It provides practical advice, hints, and tips on every aspect of putting on a live show, including rehearsal, equipment, travel, accommodations, show booking and promotion, sound checks, contracts, taxation, working abroad, and marketing. Featuring interviews and quotes from key industry figures and contemporary artists and musicians, The Tour Book is a must-have for any band or musician who is serious about playing live and making it big.

About the Author:
Andy Reynolds has also lectured about sound engineering and modern tour management at Red Tape Studios in Sheffield, Liverpool University, and City College Manchester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598636178
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR
  • Publication date: 1/7/2007
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Andy Reynolds is an international concert tour manager and audio engineer, working on an average of 200 shows a year for such bands as All American Rejects, House of Pain, Machine Head, Nightmares On Wax, Pavement, Roots Manuva, Super Furry Animals, Skunk Anansie, Squarepusher and The White Stripes. Andy has also toured with such acts as U2, Whitney Houston, Manic Street Preachers and the Foo Fighters. His touring experience encompasses stadiums, arenas, theatres, pubs, bars, clubs, outdoor festivals, rooftops, subway stations, cruise ships, mountain sides and very, very muddy fields. He is a Senior Lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University has taught sound engineering and modern tour management at Liverpool University and City College Manchester.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     xvi
The Live Music Business     1
Industry Overview     3
Touring History     5
How the Concert Industry Works: Who Does What     11
The Management     11
The Agent     17
The Promoter     22
The Promoter's Representative     27
The Venue     28
The Production Office     31
Marketing     31
The Crew     33
House/Local Crew     33
Security     36
Touring/Visiting Crew     40
Tour Manager     40
Audio Crew     40
Backline Crew     42
Lighting Crew     42
Caterers     43
Contracts and Riders     45
The Contract     45
Date of Agreement     46
Description of Services Supplied     49
Where and When Will the Concert Take Place?     49
Capacity     49
Ticket Price     49
Fee     49
Production Requirements     52
Description of Special Stipulations     52
The Contract Rider     54
Cast and Crew     60
Access and Equipment     60
PA and Lights     61
Parking     61
Guest List     62
Settlement     62
Security     62
Support/Opening Acts     63
Hospitality     64
Contract Rider-Technical Specifications     66
Crew     70
PA System     70
Input List     71
How to Get Your Music on the Road     79
Getting Onstage: The Basics     81
Choices     82
Rehearsing     84
Rehearsal Venue     85
Preparation for the Show     95
From Rehearsal to the Stage     95
Turning Songs into Shows     96
Elements of a Show     99
Instrument Breakdowns     110
Scheduling Problems     114
Contract and Rider     116
Safety     119
Equipment     125
Sound: General Overview     125
PA Systems: A Very Basic Guide     132
Stage Box     135
FOH Control     135
Monitor Speakers and Control     140
In-Ear Monitors      143
The Instruments     146
Vocals     146
Vocal Microphone Technique     148
Guitars and Basses     158
Amplifiers and Speakers     164
Learn to Solder     169
Drums     171
Computers, Electronic Keyboards, and Samplers     175
Turntables and DJs     176
Ears     179
At the Show     181
Show Diary #1     183
9:30 A.M.: Good Morning!     185
10:45 A.M.: Depart Oxford     186
1:15 P.M.: Arrive in Sheffield, Drop Off at Hotels and Homes     186
1:55 P.M.: Arrive at the Venue     187
2:00 P.M.: Load In at the Venue     187
2:20 P.M.: Meet the Staff     189
2:30 P.M.: The Lighting Equipment Gets Rigged     190
2:40 P.M.: Park the Van     190
2:45 P.M.: Meet the Promoter's Representative     191
2:50 P.M.: Set the Day's Schedule with the Promoter's Representative     191
3:15 P.M.: The Backline Equipment Gets Set Up     195
3:30 P.M.: The PA Equipment Gets Set Up     196
3:40 P.M.: Prepare the FOH Console and Outboard Equipment     198
4:00 P.M.: EQing the PA and the Monitors      198
4:15 P.M.: Line Check     199
4:25 P.M.: Time Out!     200
4:30 P.M.: Sound Check     200
4:50 P.M.: Sound Check Continues     202
5:15 P.M.: Marking Up the FOH Console, Striking, and Spiking     203
5:30 P.M.: The Millions of Americans Sound Check Is Finished. Next!     206
5:40 P.M.: The Opening Band Loads Their Equipment for Sound Check     207
5:45 P.M.: Set List and Guest List     207
6:00 P.M.: A Chance for Band and Crew to Relax     209
6:05 P.M.: The Production Office     210
6:45 P.M.: Please Stop Making That Noise!     211
7:15 P.M.: Preparing to Open the Doors     211
7:30 P.M.: The Doors Are Open!     212
8:05 P.M.: Making Sure the Support Act Is Ready to Go     212
8:10 P.M.: Hey! There Is a Band Onstage!     213
8:30 P.M.: Preparing for Changeover     213
8:40 P.M.: Hurry Up, Hurry Up!     213
8:55 P.M.: Five Minutes to Go     214
9:05 P.M.: Millions of Americans Is Onstage!     215
9:45 P.M.: No More Tickets     215
10:15 P.M.: Encore!     216
10:30 P.M.: Hurry Up (Again)!     216
10:35 P.M.: Great Show; I'll Be Back in a Minute     217
10:40 P.M.: At the Merchandise Stall     217
10:45 P.M.: Pack It All Away; We Do It All Again Tomorrow     217
10:55 P.M.: The Load Out     218
11:05 P.M.: Make Sure the Van and the Gear Are Safe     219
11:15 P.M.: The End of the Day     219
Conclusion     219
Show Diary #2     222
7:00 A.M.: Arrival     223
7:45 A.M.: Local Crew, Runners, Catering Assistants, and Rigger Arrive     224
8:00 A.M.: The Load In     225
8:15 A.M.: Rigging, Video, and Lighting     227
9:30 A.M.: The Runner Returns     228
10:00 A.M.: PA System     228
10:30 A.M.: The Support Band Starts Its Day     228
11:00 A.M.: Promo     230
11:50 A.M.: It's All Up in the Air     230
12:00 P.M.: Programming and Backline     232
1:00 P.M.: Cut the Locals     233
1:15 P.M.: The Support Band Is on the Road     234
1:30 P.M.: All Quiet     234
2:00 P.M.: Setting the Scene     235
2:25 P.M.: Where Axe the Showers?     235
2:30 P.M.: Still on the Road     236
2:45 P.M.: Line Check     236
3:00 P.M.: The Sound Check     237
3:30 P.M.: Still Stuck in Traffic     238
3:45 P.M.: Opening Bands     238
4:10 P.M.: Next Sound Check!     240
4:30 P.M.: Still Stuck in Traffic     241
4:55 P.M.: Where's the First Band?     242
5:15 P.M.: You've Had Your Chance     243
6:00 P.M.: The Concessions     244
6:10 P.M.: Dark Stage     245
6:15 P.M.: T-Shirts-How Much?     246
6:20 P.M.: The Promoter's Rep     248
6:25 P.M.: The Guest List     249
6:35 P.M.: The Support Band Dressing Room     250
6:45 P.M.: Security Briefing     250
6:55 P.M.: Time for Doors     251
7:15 P.M.: Hi, Is Everything Okay?     253
7:20 P.M.: The First Band Is Onstage in 10 Minutes     254
7:30 P.M.: Millions of Americans Live Onstage     254
7:50 P.M.: Thank You and Goodnight!     256
8:05 P.M.: The Dressing Room-Post-Show     258
8:30 P.M.: Changeover     260
9:00 P.M.: Ladies and Gentlemen, Live on Stage...Your Material Story!     261
9:30 P.M.: Can You Sign My Shirt?     263
10:15 P.M.: Settlement     264
10:30 P.M.: Local Crew Evening Call     265
10:45 P.M.: First Encore     265
10:55 P.M.: Thank You and Goodnight!     266
11:15 P.M.: The Merchandise Stands     267
11:30 P.M.: The After Show     267
11:45 P.M.: The Load Out     268
11:50 P.M.: Back at the Merchandise Stall     269
12:15 A.M.: On the Way Home     269
12:30 A.M.: The Venue Is Closed     270
How to Get the Shows     271
Why Do You Want the Gig?     272
Do You Have an Audience?     275
The Booking Process     279
Researching and Targeting Venues     279
Who Books the Shows?     282
The Approach     283
Other Strategies     296
Double Up     296
Play for Free     298
Radio and TV     299
Getting Paid     301
Fees     301
Guarantees     305
Percentages     307
Ticket Prices     308
Merchandise     311
Products     312
Your Shop     318
Prices     323
Licensing Deals     324
Performance Royalties     325
Sponsorship     326
Marketing     329
Posters and Flyers      329
Make It Personal     332
Press Releases     334
Street Teams     336
Online Marketing     337
Getting Visitors     338
Database of Visitors     339
Keeping Your Visitors     340
Getting Onstage: Advanced Information     341
Budgets and Costs     341
Wages     344
Per Diems     345
Accommodations     345
Travel     346
Sound     354
Lights     355
Production     355
Other Expenses     360
Advancing     361
Contract and Rider     362
Arrival and Parking     362
Noise Curfews     364
Support/Opening Acts     364
After-Show Club     364
Merchandise Fee     365
Ticket Sales     365
Working in the Live Music Industry     367
Working behind the Scenes     369
The Cons of Life on Tour     370
Money     370
Health and Conditions     372
Pay Rates     373
When Things Go Wrong     375
How to Gain Work and Keep It     377
Be Prepared: Get the Answers!     377
Get to Know Local Talent     378
Training     381
Courses     382
Broaden Your Skills     383
Get That Experience     384
How Do You Keep Working in the Industry?     387
Getting Those Recommendations     389
The Future     393
The Future of the Live Music Industry     395
Cycles     395
Reforming     396
Concert-Going Experience     396
Globalization     397
Ticketing     397
Your Future     399
DIY     399
Bands as Brands     400
Investment     401
Epilogue: That Story!     403
A Tale of Two Drummers     403
March 20, 1998: London     404
March 24, 1998: Flight UA907     406
March 25, 1998: New York-Preparation Day     410
March 26, 1998: Toronto-Lee's Palace     411
March 27, 1998: Cleveland-Odeon     412
Appendix     417
Sources     417
Index     421
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