Tag: touring

Square Reader

Square ReaderIf you play gigs then you must have a merch stand, and with less people carrying cash these days Square Reader lets you accept card payments. Never miss a sale again and don’t worry about carrying a kitty for change, get the money transferred to a bank account safely and promptly.   What is Square... Read More »

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft ExcelEvery band member needs to organise things from time to time, so if you manage your own band’s tours, recordings and money, then Microsoft Excel will be your best friend. Spreadsheets help to plan, track, report and organise your projects in a visual and easy-to-maintain way so that your band is on top of everything.   What... Read More »


StreamhearStreamhear is a free tool for bands and fans alike, all about finding the best gigs in your area with the ability to listen to the artists there and then. Streamhear is a broadcasting app that connects fans to musicians no matter the size, distance or isolation. This episode chats with the platform’s founder Craig Ninness to discuss... Read More »

Business Structures

Business StructuresThe music industry is increasingly telling us all to treat our band like a business, so to take that suggestion seriously we need to understand government expectations and business structures. For a lot of musicians, being in a band is a hobby and the members all still have day jobs, so is it really fair... Read More »

Music Funding

Music FundingSo many ideas and motivation but so little money, it’s increasingly important to look at music funding options. A day in the life of a musician, tell me about it! But where there’s a will there’s a way, so here are some ideas to help you fund your next music projects.   Types of music funding... Read More »

Booking Flights

Booking FlightsWhen your band is on a tour where driving isn’t possible, booking flights for musicians becomes a big deal. Balancing cheap prices with good times and sufficient luggage is essential for efficiency in the air.   Where to begin with booking flights for musicians Write an itinerary – Figure out your dates and know what times... Read More »

Support Slots

Support SlotsBandTools Ep 29 – Get your band support slots as an opening act with popular established artists that are touring to your city. This is not always as hard as it seems, and you will benefit from playing to bigger crowds and boosting your band’s resume. Networking and making a good impression has never been so important.... Read More »

Customer Service

Customer ServiceYou might not have thought to include this in your promotion plan to attract new fans, but customer service for bands is an incredibly important concept in order to retain existing fans, build brand loyalty, and help potential customer trust you when enquiring about making a purchase. Whilst the prospect of reaching heaps of people... Read More »


MerchOne of the biggest and most reliable income streams for bands is selling merchandise. Not only that, it’s the perfect promotional tool because other people are donning your designs and doing the unbiased marketing on your behalf wherever they go. With the sales from the actual music experiencing a decline since the glory days, merch... Read More »

How to book a tour

How to book a tourIf you’ve got an itch to get your band on the road, it is worth considering learning how to book a tour for yourself. It’s not as hard as you think, you’ll learn plenty in the process, and can strategically increase your band’s profile for future endeavours. When is it a good time to book your own... Read More »

How to book a gig

How to book a gigStop desperately waiting for that next show offer, and learn how to book a gig yourself. It’s not as hard as you think, you’ll learn plenty in the process, and can strategically increase your band’s profile in the local scene. When is it a good time to book your own gig If you’re a new... Read More »

Parlour Gigs – Book and Perform at House Shows

Parlour Gigs – Book and Perform at House ShowsGood music venues can sometimes be few and far between, shows can be hard to get, and payments can be slim after a lot of hard work, so if you want to try something different you can book and perform house shows with Parlour Gigs.   What is Parlour Gigs An Australian based website, connecting musicians... Read More »

Airbnb – Cheap accommodation for bands on tour

Airbnb – Cheap accommodation for bands on tourExpenses add up quickly when your band is on tour, but you can save money from booking cheap tour accommodation with Airbnb accommodation for bands. Hotels can be expensive, motels can be seedy, friends couches can become tiresome, but with Airbnb you can find practical accommodation in convenient locations.   Head to Airbnb now by clicking... Read More »

Mailchimp – Create email lists to reach your fans

Mailchimp – Create email lists to reach your fansSocial media promotion can only be so effective, so BandTools recommends Mailchimp for bands. Social media wont always reach all of your potential fans, and is generally only seen by whoever is online at the time, plus there’s heaps of distractions. Email lists are great because you can capture info on your fans in one central place,... Read More »