Can music fests help club attendance?
I constantly read articles stating that since most musicians are making less money from their recorded music these days, more and more of them play at festivals. This applies to older established acts as well as fresh upcoming ones. For decades, bands played live...read more
Reply to the lack of female musicians
Our last blog focused on exploring the reasons behind the lack of female musicians playing in live bands. You can read it here: https://www.musicianscontact.com/blog/ We received some great feedback and usually we print a bunch of replies but guitarist Dylan Galvin...read more
Where are all the female musicians?
We all know there are about the same number of males as females in the U.S. and in the entire world. But the ratio between performing male and female MUSICIANS is about thirty to one, and this ratio has stayed nearly the same since Musicians Contact started 53 years...read more
Billy Joel at Musicians Contact office
Every so often I speak to a musician when the conversation turns to Billy Joel, and I wind up relating the time Billy was registered with us as a keyboardist seeking gigs, so here it is for everyone. It was way back in 1972, after Billy had moved to LA from New York....read more
Absurd Christmas poem just for musicians
'Twas The Night Before Christmas 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the venue, Not a creature was stirring, as I looked thru the menu, The decorations were hung on the stage with care, In hopes that the band members would soon be there! My friends and...read more
How the Vietnam War created our company
Because we just passed Veterans Day, we thought it would be appropriate to tell you HOW the idea came about for Musicians Contact many years ago. Without the Vietnam War there probably would never have been this service. What? Yes, true, and here's why...... First,...read more
Replies: Comparing a musician to a plumber
In our last blog we published a little comparison between the typical wages and conditions of a struggling club musician compared to that of a plumber. If you missed it you can catch it HERE. Yeah, it was a bit goofy, but also sadly true in some respects. We got...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more