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LIVE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Live performance opportunities- places and events that songwriters can perform live. 

 live performance opportunities

Live performance opportunities: Live performance can be essential for a songwriter as it helps them to gain real industry experience and learn their stage craft. Taking up live performance opportunities to perform allows a songwriter to get a sense of which songs work for them and which songs don’t.

Also and equally as important is it’s an opportunity to network, build fans and create further live performance opportunities.

Live Performance Opportunities

Pubs

Most local pubs and bars will open their venue to songwriters on a regular basis as a way of making money. These are good live performance opportunities for songwriters to get experience as they are often run on a regular basis and the crowd will never be the same. This way you’re constantly playing for people who haven’t seen you perform before.

HOT TIP! Not all songwriters are confident enough to sing, therefore if any live performance opportunities crop up why not find a singer who’s happy to learn your songs!

Open Mic Nights

Open Mic nights offer up many live performance opportunities to songwriters as they can get a sense of how their music is being received by their audience. This way after your performance you could ask for any feedback and make any additional changes to the song to give it more appeal. You could use it as a chance to write a proper set list so you keep the best received songs in and remove any that didn’t get much of a reaction.

The most important thing is to network. Try different Open Mic nights all over your area don’t just stick to the same ones. Speaking to other songwriters and acts will hopefully open up more live performance opportunities, shared gigs, promoter details and other live performance opportunities.

Live Performance Opportunities

Community Events

Being well known in the community as a songwriter can open many doors for a songwriter. So why not take some time to embrace live performance opportunities such volunteering your talent to community events such as church fetes and open days for example. You never know who’s going to turn up to one of those events.

BandWagon Gigs

BandWagon Gigs is a website where you can search for live performance opportunities in your area and see whether or not they’re paid. The idea of this website is for venues to fill their slots for the night and for songwriters to be given a chance to build their experience up.

AliveNetwork

AliveNetwork isn’t necessarily a place where you can find live performance opportunities, but it is a place where people can come to find you to perform for them. People who are looking for a songwriter for a certain event can browse the site and find songwriters in specific areas and see how much they’ll cost. As a songwriter putting yourself on this website gives you the opportunity to be booked by people who may have never heard of you, and they’re paying. It's potentially a new audience and an income stream.

LIVE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

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