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Asking musicians to play for free

Thank goodness Covid has finally receded and bands are back to work.  But I saw an ad on a popular website proving some things never change. A club seeking bands posted: "Our venue is looking for bands with large followings. If you can bring an audience, come out...

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Answers to: What defines a PRO musician?

What happened 9 days before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969?  What happened 34 days before the Woodstock festival began on August 15, 1969?  Musicians Contact was born!  That's correct, our company will be 53 years old as of July 11.  Happy Bday to...

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Exactly what is a PRO musician?

We've been reading ads for musicians and bands seeking each other for years.  Ads first appeared in newspapers, bulletin boards, and magazines, but now they're strictly online. But one word has always stayed the same, and been confusing - the term "pro".  We always...

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Should musicians be happy to play for free?

Perform for free?  The answer to this question would have to be "Depends on the gig". But I often hear non-musical people say "Musicians should be happy to play for free because they love their job."  Sure, there are always exceptions, like performing for free to...

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What role does IMAGE play in a band?

Would The Beatles have been just as successful if they all sported crew cuts?  Would Nirvana be just as popular if they had all worn suits?  Would The Supremes have attained stardom if they wore blue jeans and T -shirts instead of elegant gowns?  Ever wonder about...

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Replies to DAY clubs as well as night clubs

Ok, in our last blog we talked about the possibilities of having live entertainment specifically offered by a club during the DAY.  If you didn't catch it, read it HERE   And now read some of the replies we got on this subject: ******************In Nashville there are...

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DAY clubs as well as NIGHT clubs?

How about a DAY club?  We tossed this idea out several years ago and it still seems like it could be a reality. Why couldn't a club featuring live music be successful in the day as well as at night? Specifically, a club which already features music at night could open...

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Replies: If AGE is a factor when gigging

In our last blog, we asked "Should AGE be a factor when gigging"?  We observed that over the past few decades most bands usually stick with the same general age group, for a variety of reasons. But from the replies we received, it appears that the majority of gigging...

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Should AGE be a factor when gigging?

What does AGE have to do with performing at live gigs? Most would agree that age has little to do with actual playing ABILITY. Playing in a band is no different than any other tight knit group of people involved in the same activity, they simply enjoy being with...

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What was your BEST gig?

In our last blog we asked "What was your BEST gig?".  To start the ball rolling, here is mine: My top 40 rock band, (but really an original band in disguise), obtained a gig at an expensive lobster restaurant looking over the harbor.  It was for the district...

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