Live music is a huge industry. In 2006, concert ticket sales totaled $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.
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.
Introduction Part One - The Live Music Industry Chapter One: Industry Overview Chapter Two: How It All Works Chapter 3: Contracts & Riders Part Two - How To Get Your Show On The Road Chapter Four: Getting On Stage Chapter 5: Preparation for the show Chapter 6: Equipment Chapter 7: At The Show Chapter 8: Getting On Stage Chapter 9: Marketing Chapter 10: Getting Paid Chapter 11: How to Get More Shows Part Three - Working In The Live Music Industry Chapter 12: Working behind-the-scenes Chapter 13: How to gain work and keep it! Chapter 14 - 26 The behind-the-scenes jobs Part Four - The Future Epilogue - THAT story! A fantastic true story featuring the author