How To Get a Booking Agent
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How To Get a Booking Agent

Step by step guide showing you what it takes to work with a booking agent and build your live music career
4.7 (23 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,137 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How To Reach Out To & Partner With a Booking Agency
  • Book Shows & Self Promote More Effectively
  • Network With Other Artists
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As the artist Manafest I've toured over 19 different countries playing thousands of shows and booked hundreds of them myself. I've worked with some of the biggest booking agencies in USA, CANADA & Japan.

This course will teach you exactly what it takes to build your music career so that you can reach out to booking agencies or have them chasing you down.

Playing shows is the #1 most easiest way for artists to start making a great income and build there music career further.

I'm tired of artists being broke. I have friends that have sold over 1,000,000 records but because they haven't setup their business correctly are forced to get a part time job driving for Uber.

I have put this course "How to get a booking agent" together for you - to which you have full lifetime access, including all the updates, for free.

I "take you step by step" showing you:

  • How To Reach Out To Booking Agent
  • Build Your EPK (bio, press photo, etc)
Who is the target audience?
  • Artists Wanting To Build Upon There Live Show Income Stream
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
The Art of Booking Shows
3 Lectures 10:06

Course Walkthrough of what you will be learning in this course "How To Get a Booking Agent"

Preview 02:15

a booking agent is responsible for booking an artist a show/concert at an event that could anyting from a church, club, bar, festival, corporate or charity event.

Preview 04:30

You will learn so much about the music industry by booking your own shows. It also puts you in the drivers seat of your music career.

Preview 03:21
How Booking Agents Work
6 Lectures 25:16

Relationships are key in any industry but especially the music industry. Getting your foot in the door with a booking agent is a great start and this lecture teaches you how.

How you can get your foot in the door with a booking agency

Booking agents take a commission based on how much they book you for. 10-20% is normal and all the deals I've done have been at 15%. So if the booking agent gets you a show for $1000 there commission is $150.

Booking Agent Fees & Percentages For Booking Shows

a booking agent is always on the look out for new talent. Let's set yourself up for success and have them calling you instead of you chasing them!

What is a booking agent looking for in an artist or band?

There is no perfect order of growing your team. I've seen it where a manager has helped an artist get a booking agent. I've also seen booking agents connect artists with managers. Most common is managers bringing artists to booking agents.

What comes first Booking Agent or Manager

You want an agent that is going to hustle on your behalf and not just sit around waiting for the phone to ring. Unless you've built such a buzz that the phone is ringing off the hook and you need someone to filed all the incoming requests.

Are They Hustling Or Just Waiting For The Phone To Ring

Knowing how much your worth and what to charge for a show can be frustrating at the beginning because for most of us we just want to get out and play. This lecture discusses some ideas/thoughts on that.

How much should you charge to perform
How To Connect With Booking Agents
10 Lectures 32:37

If your playing a local show and the agent happens to be in that town then invite them out to the show. Most agents reside in major cities so you may need to travel to their city to get them out to see you perform live.

Inviting a Booking Agent To Your Show

I can stress enough how important it is to network with other bands and build relationships. That can open more doors then any business relationship can. I also share how this can work against you if your a jerk.

Pro Tip: Network With Other bands & Artists To Get On Bigger Tours

This is my personal story how I reached out to a booking agent to book me a paid tour to Japan playing two shows in both Osaka & Tokyo.

How I Got a Booking Agent For Japan

a talent buyer is the one with the money in charge of bringing in bands/artists. The booking agent is the one that speaks to the talent buyers on your behalf to get you booked.

Difference Between a Talent Buyer & Booking Agent

Having an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) & Live Concert Footage is important when reaching out to a booking agent so they can see you rock the stage. You can watch my EPK here:

EPK & Live Concert Footage

Hire a professional photographer to take some good shots of you in studio for press and also live in concert.

Press Photos

Get a friend in high school or college that's good at writing to interview and write a good bio for you. If you hire a professional I wouldn't spend more then $150 if your just starting out.


Showing your touring history & being able to tell the agent where you can sell the most tickets is super helpful in framing where your at as a band or artist.

Ticket Sales & Touring History

Pro Tip: VIP Tickets & Back Stage Passes

This lecture shows you the exact email I sent to a booking agency that got me a response within 24 hours.

Must Watch: How To Send An Email To a Booking Agent
Bonus Lectures: How To Be Your Own Booking Agent
4 Lectures 16:33

This is the process I used to book shows.

The exact steps I used to book hundreds of shows

I've booked hundreds of shows and tours sending cold emails.

How To Send a Cold Email To Book a Show

Make no your vitamin. Your going to hear it a lot but don't be discouraged.

Don't be discouraged when you hear No.. Keep sending emails and following up!

Here is the contract that I used when I booked shows. Hope this helps and always have a contract signed between you and the promoter.

Contract - Here is a contract Template I've Used When Booking Shows
About the Instructor
Christopher Greenwood
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Chris Greenwood: Musician, Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur

Why are 36,000+ students enrolled in my Udemy courses?

As an entrepreneur, I have spent over a decade building multiple businesses in the music industry, real estate & online marketing. I believe in a no debt philosophy - and that good morals is good economics

Learn from someone living out everything he teaches!

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Across the last decade and some change, Manafest has steadily cemented his status as one of the world's most diverse, envelope-pushing and all around uplifting artists. His seamless, lightening-like blur between the spectrums of rap, hip-hop, rock and pop hasn't just led to 300,000-plus album sales and five coveted Juno Award nominations (essentially the Grammy equivalent in his home country of Canada), but also more than 1,000 shows logged over four continents.