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5 New Years Resolutions to get more gigs in 2018

12/27/2017 14:17:43 PM

New Years resolutions are funny things that are often ill thought through and fall by the wayside before February has even begun. However, for musicians, the New Year allows for new goals to be made and achievements to be accomplished. Here ...

Getting gigs for your originals band

11/14/2017 11:57:29 AM

In recent years, the live sector of the music industry has blossomed while others have faltered and declined. With the popularity of file sharing, illegal downloading and streaming, bands are having to focus more on the revenue that they can ...

How to get gigs as a solo piano player

11/14/2017 11:55:42 AM

Getting gigs as a solo musician can be hard. The music industry can be very competitive and this can be especially true for soloists, due to their high numbers. That said, there is also great demand for solo musicians like pianists to appear ...

Wedding fairs: what musicians need to know

11/10/2017 07:25:11 AM

Wedding fairs can be a brilliant way to pick up extra gigs. Despite the expense, they represent a great opportunity to market yourself to an audience that is actively looking for a wedding band. We also have some great advice from our Director ...

How to plan and book a tour for your band

10/31/2017 07:50:10 AM

The Holy Grail for all aspiring bands… the indie tour! Heading out on the road for the first time can be daunting, so in this post we will give you some useful tips on booking a tour and making sure it’s successful. Start small by getting ...

Top 12 Facebook groups for musicians

09/12/2017 12:42:39 PM

For the modern musician, Facebook groups are very important. Whether it’s finding deps to fill in for last minute drop outs, liaising with promoters or putting a function band together to work on a cruise ship – networking and publicising ...

Preventing repetitive strain injury

09/06/2017 03:44:03 AM

Repetitive Strain Injury is a work-related injury that usually (but not exclusively!) occurs in the upper areas of the body. It is commonly found in typists, sportsmen and women, and those continuously carry out repetitive tasks. RSI is a ...

Contracts for live gigs in 2017

08/02/2017 06:29:31 AM

Experienced musicians will know and understand the importance of using contracts when dealing with promoters and music venues. Whilst the majority of those who organise gigs are trustworthy (or at least mean well!) some are not quite as they ...

How musicians can protect their hearing

07/27/2017 09:59:16 AM

From Pete Townshend and Brian Wilson to Will.i.am and Phil Collins, many famous musicians have hearing damage and therefore act as testimony that musicians and music lovers alike should protect their ears. Our ears are sensitive to noises over ...

Performing at open mic nights

06/14/2017 13:07:40 PM

Open mic nights have exploded in popularity recently. Pubs and venues right across the country have been using them as an opportunity to host live music on nights when they wouldn’t usually put on any entertainment. While some nights are only ...

MU Recommended Live Rates

05/24/2017 02:45:32 AM

Musicians Union recommended live rates (updated April 2017) – rates per musician Casual engagements for groups performing in pubs/clubs for up to 3 hours: £117.00 Casual engagements for groups performing at functions of up to 4 hours: £156.00 ...

Jazz nights & other jam sessions

04/26/2017 05:27:05 AM

A great way to network and meet new musicians is by going along to some jam sessions or blues/jazz nights. If you’re looking to become a session player or perform in a backing band for an artist, attending a Jazz jam night (or something similar) ...

How to write a great set list

04/10/2017 11:27:34 AM

For all bands, regardless of their popularity, a strong set list is the foundation to putting on a good show. Whilst it can be fun to perform without a set list (especially for bands with a pre existing following) a well designed set list allows ...

Working as a session musician (Ft Emily Dolan Davies)

04/03/2017 12:13:29 PM

There are many different approaches for a musician to make their way into the music industry; playing in original bands that write their own songs, playing covers at functions or weddings or maybe producing music in a studio or at home – the ...

Where to look for gigs

03/21/2017 07:55:55 AM

One of the main reasons for taking up a musical instrument is to be able to play to a live audience. Regardless of whether you’re playing the Oboe in a Woodwind Orchestra or playing guitar in a Rock N Roll band, entertaining others with your ...

Musicians wanted for Cruise Ships & gigs in Dubai

02/27/2017 07:58:23 AM

Updated 27-02-2017 Please see our updated cruise ship opportunities for musicians…     Bass players, drummers and keyboardists wanted! Show Band – Bass 7/23/16 – contract length neg. Party band – Drums 8/15/16 Show Band – Keys 8/22/16 ...

Top 10 Facebook groups for musicians

02/06/2017 04:42:39 AM

For the modern musician, Facebook groups are very important. Whether it’s finding deps to fill in for last minute drop outs, liaising with promoters or putting a function band together to work on a cruise ship – networking and publicising ...

Top 10 Facebook groups for musicians

02/06/2017 04:42:39 AM

For the modern musician, Facebook groups are very important. Whether it’s finding deps to fill in for last minute drop outs, liaising with promoters or putting a function band together to work on a cruise ship – networking and publicising ...

Top 5 mobile apps for musicians in 2017

01/02/2017 02:11:22 AM

In the 21st century, musicians across the world are turning to mobile technology to help them write, record and practice music. Below are a selection of the best applications suitable for both iPhone, iPad and Android systems. What’s more ...

Top 5 mobile apps for musicians in 2017

01/02/2017 02:11:22 AM

In the 21st century, musicians across the world are turning to mobile technology to help them write, record and practice music. Below are a selection of the best applications suitable for both iPhone, iPad and Android systems. What’s more ...

5 New Years Resolutions to get more gigs in 2017

12/30/2016 04:55:43 AM

New Years resolutions are funny things that, usually, are ill thought through and fall by the wayside before February has even begun. However, for musicians the New Year allows for new goals to be made and achievements to be accomplished. Here ...

5 New Years Resolutions to get more gigs in 2017

12/30/2016 04:55:43 AM

New Years resolutions are funny things that, usually, are ill thought through and fall by the wayside before February has even begun. However, for musicians the New Year allows for new goals to be made and achievements to be accomplished. Here ...

How to get wedding gigs

11/03/2016 04:34:09 AM

Musicians have known for a long time that weddings are a lucrative business. Particularly now, when making a living playing music is harder than ever, many bands turn to weddings to supplement their income or form a whole new career as function ...

How to get wedding gigs

11/03/2016 04:34:09 AM

Musicians have known for a long time that weddings are a lucrative business. Particularly now, when making a living playing music is harder than ever, many bands turn to weddings to supplement their income or form a whole new career as function ...

How to get wedding gigs

11/03/2016 04:34:09 AM

Musicians have known for a long time that weddings are a lucrative business. Particularly now, when making a living playing music is harder than ever, many bands turn to weddings to supplement their income or form a whole new career as function ...

Why promotional videos are important for musicians

10/26/2016 03:45:08 AM

As most musicians will know, the competition is fiercer than ever when it comes to entertainment for weddings and function events. Potential clients have thousands of bands to choose from within a multitude of genres and a myriad of agencies ...

Why promotional videos are important for musicians

10/26/2016 03:45:08 AM

As most musicians will know, the competition is fiercer than ever when it comes to entertainment for weddings and function events. Potential clients have thousands of bands to choose from within a multitude of genres and a myriad of agencies ...

Why promotional videos are important for musicians

10/26/2016 03:45:08 AM

As most musicians will know, the competition is fiercer than ever when it comes to entertainment for weddings and function events. Potential clients have thousands of bands to choose from within a multitude of genres and a myriad of agencies ...

YouTube for Musicians

10/18/2016 04:37:45 AM

Recently, YouTube (along with several other large content companies) has come under fire for not paying musicians fairly. On the surface at least, this would appear to be yet another case of musicians being left with a raw deal online. Indeed, ...

YouTube for Musicians

10/18/2016 04:37:45 AM

Recently, YouTube (along with several other large content companies) has come under fire for not paying musicians fairly. On the surface at least, this would appear to be yet another case of musicians being left with a raw deal online. Indeed, ...

YouTube for Musicians

10/18/2016 04:37:45 AM

Recently, YouTube (along with several other large content companies) has come under fire for not paying musicians fairly. On the surface at least, this would appear to be yet another case of musicians being left with a raw deal online. Indeed, ...

Guest Blog: The Unsigned Guide on promoting your band

10/13/2016 06:41:44 AM

In a special feature, Louise Dodgson from The Unsigned Guide offers special advice for promoting your band and getting your music out there… Promoting your band and music is an ongoing task, but an essential one if you want to maintain your ...

Guest Blog: The Unsigned Guide on promoting your band

10/13/2016 06:41:44 AM

In a special feature, Louise Dodgson from The Unsigned Guide offers special advice for promoting your band and getting your music out there… Promoting your band and music is an ongoing task, but an essential one if you want to maintain your ...

Guest Blog: The Unsigned Guide on promoting your band

10/13/2016 06:41:44 AM

In a special feature, Louise Dodgson from The Unsigned Guide offers special advice for promoting your band and getting your music out there… Promoting your band and music is an ongoing task, but an essential one if you want to maintain your ...

Taking instruments abroad

08/18/2016 10:00:47 AM

Losing luggage, or perhaps worse, having your luggage damaged is a nightmare for musicians. The gap between handing luggage in to be stowed away in the aeroplane’s hold and receiving it (hopefully) after landing can be a nail biting affair, ...

Taking instruments abroad

08/18/2016 10:00:47 AM

Losing luggage, or perhaps worse, having your luggage damaged is a nightmare for musicians. The gap between handing luggage in to be stowed away in the aeroplane’s hold and receiving it (hopefully) after landing can be a nail biting affair, ...

Getting booked for festivals

07/18/2016 04:50:06 AM

Festival promoters across the country have begun to plan the line up for the music festivals of 2017. Therefore now is the perfect time for musicians to start firing of emails and sweet talking promoters. Depending on the popularity of an act, ...

Getting booked for festivals

07/18/2016 04:50:06 AM

Festival promoters across the country have begun to plan the line up for the music festivals of 2017. Therefore now is the perfect time for musicians to start firing of emails and sweet talking promoters. Depending on the popularity of an act, ...

Musicians wanted for Cruise Ships & gigs in Dubai

06/28/2016 07:58:23 AM

NEW! Please email admin@lastminutemusicians.com with your details or with any questions.

Musicians wanted for Cruise Ships & gigs in Dubai

06/28/2016 07:58:23 AM

NEW! Please see our updated cruise ship opportunities for musicians… (PBE – Piano Bar Entertainer) To apply: Please email admin@lastminutemusicians.com with your details or with any questions.   URGENT OPENING – PARTY BAND Salary – ...

The ultimate musicians guide to Twitter

06/23/2016 08:15:57 AM

Twitter. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last ten years, you probably have at least a vague awareness of what Twitter is and how it works. Social media has had a massive impact on the way we promote and market music, and it ...

The ultimate musicians guide to Twitter

06/23/2016 08:15:57 AM

Twitter. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last ten years, you probably have at least a vague awareness of what Twitter is and how it works. Social media has had a massive impact on the way we promote and market music, and it ...

How Last Minute Musicians could change your career…

04/06/2016 08:51:14 AM

In 2016, the challenges facing those that currently work in the Music Industry (or that would like to) seem to be ever increasing. A number of historic venues are closing down, recording studios are struggling and we are being forever told that ...

How to Promote Your Band – 60 top tips!

11/03/2015 16:23:59 PM

Promoting a band isn’t a simple task. But the leg work involved in progressing through a local music scene is worth it when you achieve your goals and your band starts getting noticed in the music industry. 1. Create an effective website for ...

Top 5 mobile apps for musicians in 2015

07/11/2015 07:00:22 AM

In the 21st century, musicians across the world are turning to mobile technology to help them write, record and practice music. Below are a selection of the best applications suitable for both iPhone, iPad and Android systems. What’s more ...

60 ways to promote your band

06/28/2015 16:11:11 PM

Promoting a band isn’t a simple task. But the leg work involved in progressing through a local music scene is worth it when you achieve your goals and your band starts getting noticed in the music industry. 1. Create an effective website for ...

Top 5 Facebook groups for musicians

06/14/2015 04:42:39 AM

For the 21st century musician, Facebook groups are very important. Whether it’s finding deps to fill in last minute drop outs, liaising with promoters or putting a function band together to work on a cruise ship, networking and publicising ...

Performing at house concerts

01/09/2015 09:26:57 AM

A house concert is exactly what it sounds like; a gig i […]

Getting booked for festivals

12/29/2014 17:56:06 PM

Festival promoters across the country have begun to pla […]

Beginners tips on recording guitars

12/14/2014 15:54:33 PM

Recording a guitar at home is easy, place a microphone […]

Making an effective showreel

12/07/2014 03:03:41 AM

A showreel is an online portfolio, a short video showca […]

Life as a Military Musician

12/01/2014 04:23:46 AM

A role as a musician within the British Army can offer […]

Getting rid of writers block

11/24/2014 11:00:41 AM

Writers block is something that effects everyone who wo […]

MU Recommended Live Rates

11/16/2014 08:02:32 AM

MU Recommended Live Rates

11/16/2014 08:02:32 AM

Are ear protectors important?

11/11/2014 05:17:16 AM

From Pete Townshend and Brian Wilson to Will.i.am and P […]

Are ear protectors important?

11/11/2014 05:17:16 AM

From Pete Townshend and Brian Wilson to Will.i.am and P […]

Music grads, the next step

11/02/2014 13:16:04 PM

Are Indeed and the musicweek.com jobs section bookmarke […]

Music grads, the next step

11/02/2014 13:16:04 PM

Guide to orchestral percussion

10/31/2014 05:33:24 AM

A wide selection of percussion instruments are used in […]

Guide to orchestral percussion

10/31/2014 05:33:24 AM

A wide selection of percussion instruments are used in […]

Taking instruments abroad

10/19/2014 11:00:47 AM

Losing luggage, or perhaps worse, having your luggage d […]

Taking instruments abroad

10/19/2014 11:00:47 AM

Losing luggage, or perhaps worse, having your luggage d […]

How to get cruise ship gigs

10/14/2014 08:42:11 AM

Cruse ship work is certainly not for everyone, especial […]

How to get cruise ship gigs

10/14/2014 08:42:11 AM

Cruse ship work is certainly not for everyone, especial […]

Training your musical ear

10/06/2014 03:59:28 AM

Having a good ear is key to musical success. A good mus […]

Training your musical ear

10/06/2014 03:59:28 AM

Having a good ear is key to musical success. A good mus […]

Making money from YouTube

09/28/2014 07:31:56 AM

Arguably the most popular corner of the internet, music […]

Making money from YouTube

09/28/2014 07:31:56 AM

Arguably the most popular corner of the internet, music […]

3 steps to promoting a gig

09/22/2014 17:36:06 PM

So you’ve booked the bands and sorted the venue, your j […]

3 steps to promoting a gig

09/22/2014 17:36:06 PM

So you’ve booked the bands and sorted the venue, your j […]

How to be a conductor

09/14/2014 07:38:52 AM

It is a conductor’s job to lead the orchestra and shape […]

How to be a conductor

09/14/2014 07:38:52 AM

It is a conductor’s job to lead the orchestra and shape […]

Alcohol and singing, what to drink and what to avoid

09/10/2014 05:05:42 AM

Many musicians enjoy enjoy a drink before playing a sho […]

How to work in A&R

08/29/2014 07:00:23 AM

Like almost every job in the music industry, getting a […]

How to be a professional songwriter

08/22/2014 07:00:16 AM

From Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Robbie Williams and […]

How to be a DJ

08/15/2014 07:00:10 AM

Whether you’re aspiring to become a mobile wedding DJ o […]

Is a degree in music worth it?

08/08/2014 07:00:07 AM

The decision of whether to study music at a higher leve […]

Improvisation for musicians

08/01/2014 07:00:59 AM

For beginners, learning to improvise may sound like an […]

Becoming a successful record producer

07/25/2014 07:00:38 AM

From office roles in record labels and publishers such […]

Crowd funding for musicians

07/15/2014 13:32:22 PM

Over the past three decades the music industry has been […]

Starting a world music band

07/03/2014 18:55:48 PM

This article is framed towards those interested in crea […]

Getting gigs as an organist

06/25/2014 07:51:04 AM

Whether you’re classically trained or just attempting t […]

Networking with live music promoters

04/28/2014 08:37:54 AM

Bridging the gap between musicians and promoters  Do li […]

Music theory, how much do you need to know?

04/16/2014 10:33:54 AM

For those who are not seasoned professional musicians, […]

Preventing repetitive strain injuries

03/23/2014 11:20:03 AM

Repetitive Strain Injury is a work related injury that […]

Have you tried busking?

03/02/2014 04:36:10 AM

How can I get gigs busking?? How many people have you s […]

Add your music to Google +

02/24/2014 09:52:11 AM

Google’s social network, Google + offers a host of oppo […]

Joining a live music agency

02/23/2014 13:54:27 PM

Many would give their right arm to perform music for a living and joining an agency is a good way for bands and musicians to start getting more gigs, with bigger clients. This will also allow them to increase the fee they charge per perfor ...

Writing a set list

02/02/2014 08:57:34 AM

For all bands, regardless of their popularity a good set-list is the key to putting on a good show. Whilst it can be fun to perform without a set list, especially for bands with a pre existing following, a well-designed set list allows a band ...

What’s Popular: Tribute Bands

01/29/2014 14:58:17 PM

Tribute bands are popular forms of entertainment for everything from weddings, birthday parties to big corporate events. The job of a tribute band is to continue spreading the band’s message, even when they are no longer performing. As a tribute ...

Car insurance for musicians

01/20/2014 05:59:37 AM

Whether you like it or not car insurance premiums continue to rise year on year. There are various factors that will affect the premium insurance companies will quote you, from your age, where you live and the type of car you drive, the price ...

Contracts for live gigs

01/12/2014 08:26:31 AM

Experienced musicians will know and understand the importance of using contracts when dealing with promoters and music venues. Whilst the better part of those who organise gigs on a lower scale – pub gigs etc – are trustworthy or at least ...

How to form a function band

01/04/2014 18:08:35 PM

Getting a group of musicians together to jam some songs is relatively straightforward, however starting a successful function band can lead to many complications and pitfalls, which leaves many talented musicians clueless. Unlike a standard ...

New Years Resolutions to get more gigs in 2014

12/30/2013 11:40:43 AM

New Years resolutions are funny things that, usually, are ill thought through and fall by the wayside before February has even begun. However, for musicians the New Year allows for new goals to be made and achievements to be accomplished. Here ...

Getting well paid gigs

12/23/2013 19:11:01 PM

Most, if not all musicians will say they perform because they enjoy it and that being paid is an added bonus. However, for professional musicians who consider performing to be their main source of income, it’s not possible for them to carry ...

What’s Popular: Specialist Musicians

12/15/2013 13:24:57 PM

It’s fair to say that organising an event, unique and more memorable than others is becoming increasingly difficult. Many organisers, in an attempt to create something a little different, choose to turn back time for an evening, creating a ...

How to get seasonal gigs

12/08/2013 04:15:14 AM

For musicians, Christmas and New Year can be the busiest season in terms of being booked for gigs. From playing in bands at holiday parks, being booked for festive parties, performing in pantomimes or even entertaining the public whilst they ...

What’s Popular: Ceilidh Bands

12/01/2013 06:51:04 AM

Traditionally Scottish ceilidh bands are a popular choice of entertainment at celebrations including St. Andrew’s Day, Burn’s Night or Hogmanay, not to mention standard birthday parties and weddings. Featuring ‘callers’ and a backing ...

Fine-tuning room acoustics when home recording

11/10/2013 05:16:15 AM

British artist Douglas MacGregor has begun a quest to find perfect acoustics. Taking over countless abandoned buildings across Germany including a post war hospital, army barracks and once grandiose Riviera Grünau Dance Halls, MacGregor explained ...