The OurStage Marketplace is temporarily closed for a site overhaul. Marketplace will re-open when the new version is ready in early 2010. Watch this space for the latest news concerning the re-opening of the OurStage Marketplace. In the meantime, Marketplace News will be offering artists advice on how to use the tools available on OurStage to secure opportunities and grow their fanbase.
It’s easy to get caught up customizing your EPKs and online profiles — uploading new songs, adding pictures, writing a killer bio — but one important piece of information often overlooked is a clear list of who actually makes up your band and what they play. This is especially important in terms of live performance.
Talent buyers looking to book your band want to know whether they are getting a four piece rock band, a stripped down duo or a solo artist with a string quartet. If a talent buyer is under the impression that they have booked a four piece band because that’s the kind of music you had posted on your EPK or Web site and you show up solo, odds are you won’t get booked by that talent buyer again.
To avoid this situation, make sure there is a space on your EPK or Web site that lists all members of your band, permanent or temporary, as well as what they play. If you are a singer-songwriter who performs solo, as a duo and with a full electric backing band, include this information in your EPK. You may find that you can book more live performance opportunities of you are flexible with your musical arrangement.
Be sure to tune in next week for more advice on how to get the most out of your OurStage experience.