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How to Successfully Book Yourself at Live Venues (57:08)

In this session, Mark Steiner, Dayna Malow, Eric Muhlberger, Austin Ellis, and Dmitri Vietze attack the often intimidating topic of DIY booking. You will learn how to find paying gigs and turn touring into a profitable part of your music career, whether or not you have an agent or manager. Follow the DIY spirit and stop waiting around for an industry gatekeeper to get you booked. Go book yourself!

You’ll learn:

  • Where to find gigging opportunities.
  • Where to list yourself so opportunities find you.
  • How to find non-traditional gigs.
  • The role of performing cover songs when you’re an original artist.
  • How to impress booking agents.

Order by August 14th to get our special introductory price!

Your presenters:

Dmitri Vietze - CEO/founder, rock paper scissors, inc.

Dmitri Vietze is the founder of rock paper scissors, a music PR firm that has helped break artists like Antibalas, Tinariwen, Balkan Beat Box, and has worked with Cesaria Evora, Fela, and Bomba Estereo. rock paper scissors continuously secures stories on All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Fresh Air, the New York Times, and hundreds of other outlets.

Mark Steiner - Co-Founder/CEO, GigSalad

Mark Steiner is the co-founder and CEO of GigSalad, leading the company’s business and marketing strategy, and focusing on building a strong customer-centric team. His career in the entertainment industry has spanned more than thirty years, including a decades-long stint booking high-level talent for performing arts centers, festivals, concerts, and corporate events through the agency he founded.

Dayna Malow - Singer Songwriter, Agent, Carmel Music + Entertainment, Talent Director, Star Events

Dayna Malow is a Chicago born talent agent, event planner, songwriter and performer. She was awarded the 2008 Chicago Music Award for “Best Country Artist” and her songs have been featured on a Grammy award-winning album, TV, and in independent films. She has co-written songs with Emilio Estefan, Bruce Bouton, Ray Barnette, and Doug Sisemore, the music director for country superstar, Reba McEntire.

Eric Muhlberger - City Director, Sofar Sounds

Eric Muhlberger is the City Director of Songs from a Room (Sofar Sounds) Chicago. Sofar Sounds is an international series of secret, pop-up concerts with the goal of revolutionizing the live music experience and helping local talent gain exposure to an international community of music lovers and industry professionals. Sofar Sounds has been featured by NBC, Rolling Stone,, and more.

Austin Ellis - Singer from The Voice Season 6, Gig Salad  

Austin Ellis is a vocalist/guitarist who appeared on NBC's The Voice Season 6. He now performs at venues, private parties, corporate events, weddings, and festivals. As an independently contracted performing artist, Austin manages all aspects of his business, including event promotion, designing merch, developing organized business systems, establishing endorsement partnerships, and more.