How To Make Money With A Cover Band
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How To Make Money With A Cover Band

A Conversation With 5x Award Winning, 6 Figure Cover Band From Baltimore, MD - What's Next
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify ideal bandmates
  • Be prepared for an audition
  • Know how to prepare songs and properly approach rehearsal
  • Build Set Lists
  • Identify Gear Needed And proper Redundancies
  • Identify the market in your area
  • Determine whether to get an agent or book yourself
  • Negotiate contracts
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  • Need to be proficient on one primary instrument or vocals
  • Interested in getting paid to play cover music

Do you want to gig around town and get PAID to play?  Of course you do.  Whether you're an aspiring pro musician or part-time hobbyist that plays for fun, there is still a very large and lucrative market for local live cover bands.  

Sure - it's not a Capitol Records contract - but if you're honest with yourself, work hard, and play to your strengths, you can absolutely take home an extra $2-3k a month from local gigging.  

Maybe even double or triple that...

This course is an in-depth conversation between bandmate (Michael) and band leader (Maynard) about what makes our band - What's Next - a successful, multi award winning, $100k+ cover band in the Baltimore / DC area.  

In this course we dive DEEP into what we have learned works and doesn't work, based on our combined 30 years of playing professionally.  We cover all of the topics you'll need to know including:

  • Auditing yourself as a musician
  • Building / finding a band
  • Auditions
  • Practicing vs rehearsals
  • Playing to the strength of the band
  • Set list construction
  • Gear
  • Live sound production
  • Building your network
  • Getting gigs
  • Marketing
  • Promotion
  • Agents
  • Club / venue owners and sound production staff
  • Contracts- (Boilerplate Contract INCLUDED)

Please check out the reviews of my other courses and our BIO's for more information about us and What's Next. 

Remember, there's a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee as well as a 5 minute free preview. If you've ever been curious about joining a band to make a living or just some extra cash while having a good time, this course will answer all of your questions. 

Best of luck and ENROLL TODAY!

Who is the target audience?
  • Musicians looking to work in a local cover band
  • Musicians looking to play bars, clubs, casinos, weddings, and other private events
Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Before You Gig
12 Lectures 02:03:28

Welcome to the course!

Preview 04:07

Be honest with yourself. Are you ready? Do you want to do this?  (Yes, you probably are)

Personal Honestly, Goals, And Attitute

As a pro, you must try and prevent, but be prepared for, gear failures!

Preview 07:08

You are not along on an island.  Know the other people in your musical community - you need each other!

Know Your Musical Community

Hits are hits for a reason!  

Building A Repertoire

Being a part of a band can be both rewarding and frustrating. This lecture will give you quick guide on what you need and how to get started building or joining a band.

To Build Or Join A Band

There’s a difference between practice and rehearsal. Learn the the difference and why both are important.

Practicing And Rehearsing

Here's how auditions should (and should not) go.

The Audition Process (Done Correctly)

Lots of acts are using tracks to expand their song list and fill-out the sound. Learn the how’s, where’s and whys of adding virtual musicians to your gig, and decide if it makes sense for you. 

Tracks Vs. No Tracks

How are you going to run sound?

Stage Gear And Live Sound

The sound guy is typically your contact at the venue. It is his room. Let him know that, and trust in his system. 

The Sound Check And Sound Guy

Every gigging musician should keep these items in their car at all times. 

Survival Kit Checklist
Getting The Gigs
12 Lectures 01:36:04

How you look is just as important as your sound. It will determine how you fit a venue and client. Have it match you sound and name!

The Look

The hardest part of creating a band. Seriously. Ask yourself this question when naming your act:  Does the name reflect the product people are expecting to see and hear?

The Name

You’re a pro now. You need a website, Facebook, Instagram, VIDEOS, photos and business cards. (Included PDF: Promo material Checklist)

Marketing Materials

This lesson is all about tough love, and getting a few free gigs under your belt before you go to a real venue. There's no other way, but you can do it. 

Paying Your Dues

Here it is. The step by step process of booking a gig. From finding the gate-keepers, to first contact to sealing the deal, how to get that first gig on the books.  Booking Guide PDF included.

Booking The First Gigs

Well how much can you make? A realistic break down of pay in the local cover band world.

How Much Money??

This is a dark area of the local music biz.  Tread lightly. 

Pay To Play / Exposure Gigs

Shakespeare Said “He who doth not promote thine own gigs is truly ........."  YOU MUST PROMOTE.

Promotion, Promotion, Promotion

Contracts can be scary. But they provide clarity, and in clarity, stress goes away. By having a contract you’re making life easier on everyone. How to look at them, when you need help with them, and when you should just say to hell with it. Plus, de facto contracts that can save you from a bad club owner. (Included PDF: Boiler Plate Contract)


Who they are, what they do, when you need one and how to get one. The Musical middle-men demystified.

Agents / Representation

Where's the BIG MONEY in local gigging???


You’d be surprised what works. Are you the type of band who has a gimmick? How to pull it off and make money.

Gimmicks And Tribute Acts
1 Lecture 01:18

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About the Instructor
Michael Palmisano
4.6 Average rating
2,160 Reviews
35,849 Students
6 Courses
Award Winning GIT Grad, Guitargate CEO, 15yr Working Pro.

Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate, 70k+ students worldwide, and Lead Guitarist in What's Next - Voted 5x "Best Band" in Baltimore.

I have been playing guitar since I was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years.  I genuinely love to teach, and the goal of Guitargate is to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, and how to apply this to make music!  

So whether you are an aspiring gigging musician, or you just enjoy playing for yourself, let me help you bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar.... and get the stuff in your head out!  Seriously - you can do this!! 

On a side note, it's truly incredible that the internet has allowed us to connect from all over the world....  I believe in online education, and I strive to be as helpful as possible.  If you post a question or a video for feedback - I will respond and try and help any way I can.  

One step at a time - 


Maynard Edwards
4.9 Average rating
22 Reviews
3,163 Students
1 Course
Pro DJ, Musician and Podcaster with 25 years on the job

I've never worked a day in my life!  I've been able to make music & communications my career and I have NEVER had a problem paying the bills.  With over 20 years under my belt as a radio host, club DJ, wedding DJ, TV presenter, Voice-Over pro, musician and writer, I can show you how you can turn your talents into skills that pay bills.