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WHAT IS SONICBIDS?

Sonicbids is a website that helps bands book gigs while helping promoters book the right bands.

With a community of over 300,000 musicians, and over 30,000 members looking to book bands, Sonicbids is a great place for bands looking for a venue to play.

Sonicbids is a membership service that offers musicians the ability to find gigs to play using their Find A Gig feature. The service also provides musicians with the tools they need promote themselves, their music, and their shows.

With a Sonicbids membership, musicians can create a free EPK (Electronic Press Kit), which is an easy-to-use, web-based Electronic Press Kit that gives people, more specifically promoters, booking agents, and A&R representatives, information about yourself or your band, music samples, pictures, links, and much more. Unlike a physical press kit, which can be costly to duplicate and send out, an EPK can be updated and distributed at any time and as much as you like for free. The EPK is a great way for musicians to increase exposure to themselves and their music.

With a Sonicbids artist account, musicians can create and send EPK to contacts both in and outside the Sonicbids community, discover new gigs, or find gigs to play in your area. The service also lets members sync up from their Sonicbids account to manage their gig calendar and status updates on Facebook and Twitter all in one place.

For bands looking to book a show, Sonicbids works on a Token system (Sonicbids currency) which gives artists a set amount of tokens each month which they must use in order to submit for a Gig Listing (each gig has a different submittal cost). If a band submits to play a gig and are chosen to play, Sonicbids does not take a cut of the promoter’s payment.

It’s free to create an account on Sonicbids. For more features membership starts at $6.99 a month and goes as high as $12.99 a month.

PRICE: Free – $12.99 a month

PROS:

  • Easy - the service offers an easy way to find gigs
  • Electronic Press Kit - Members can create an Electronic Press Kit (EPK)
  • Promotion Tools - SonicBids offers musicians tools to help them promote themselves on social networks
  • Reach - Sonicbids has a community of over 300,000 musicians, and over 30,000 members looking to book bands

cons:

  • Limits - Musicians are limited to how many times they can submit to a gig listing (through tokens)
  • Costs - Most gig listing have a price ($5 - $35) to submit to play with "no guarantee" that you'll be selected

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