Fresh on the heals of my highly successful tour with The Jason Parker Quartet, I decided to give a free touring seminar on Ustream today. I had such a great time talking with all sorts of wonderful musicians about what worked and what didn’t. It was an amazing experience to have us all in one place. To have people I know from Seattle talking with people I only know through Twitter and Facebook was heartwarming, and really fostered a sense of community.
With all the negative talk about the industry and the economy, I wanted to show that it can be done. I gave the seminar to share what I learned in the hopes that it can help you have a successful tour as well. With a little planning and some good ideas you too can have a fun, successful and profitable tour! My goal is simply to share what I learned and help you live your dream, as I just lived mine!
I recorded the whole seminar and present it here for your viewing pleasure. It’s about an hour and a half long and there’s all sorts of info in there. Topics covered include:
- creating electronic press kits
- press releases
- marketing & promotion
- finding transportation and lodging
- finding non-traditional gigs
- breakdown of income & expenses
- social networking
- “pay-what-you-want” models
- community building
- fair wages
…and many more!
Since I couldn’t figure out a way to save a transcript of the chat that went on during the seminar, I wanted to make sure you had all the links that we discussed:
- Reptet – a great Seattle band who finances their tours in part through grants and school workshops – check out their education page!
- Darrah Parker Photography – my wife and seminar producer
- Puget Sound Reprographics – high-quality, inexpensive printing in Seattle. Tell Shakeb Jason sent you!
- My EPK – DIY and very effective!
- Tour Poster – designed by me
- WA Business Info – your state has a page like this too!
I hope you enjoy the info and use it to help you live your dream!
If you feel you got some valuable information and ideas out of this seminar and would like to show your support, I would truly appreciate you taking a minute to help out in one or more of these ways:
1) Copy this link and send it to your musicians friends who you think could benefit from the info
2) Post the link to your Facebook wall or send it out in a Tweet to your followers
3) If you feel so inclined to show your financial support, click the button below to get to my PayPal account. There you can choose to donate any amount you feel is fair. $1, $5, $25…whatever works for you. As a working musician I appreciate any and all support!
I am looking forward to giving more seminars in the future on a variety of topics that are important to us as working musicians. If you have any suggestions or feedback on this seminar, or requests for future seminar topics, please leave them in the comments below or send me an email.
UPDATE: I did one bit of math incorrectly and wanted to make sure to give you the right numbers. Our Net Revenue from the tour was 35%, not 55% as stated in the video. Still nothing to sneeze at!