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How do I Find Gigs? Getting Started with Performing Live

Performing music for an audience is a different experience than practicing with your instructor or recording in a studio. To become a great performer, the first step is to get started — which raises the question — how do I find gigs? Read on to learn techniques for landing your next gig. 

Record a Sample

Venues will often request a sample of your playing as part of the application process. Have a pre-recorded video or audio track of a few songs that you feel confident playing. This will come in handy when you’re filling out applications. Even if a sample isn’t required, offering one anyway will set you apart from your competition.


Making connections is an essential part of becoming a gigging musician. Knowing people within the music industry will expand your knowledge of venues, agencies, and fellow musicians to gig with.

Utilize Social Media

Social media is becoming increasingly important for musicians. Several artists have been given life-changing opportunities as a result of their social media success. Your internet platforms can serve as a continuously growing portfolio of your musicianship if you make the most of them.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

Reach out to venues, musicians, and bands for gig opportunities — the worst that can happen is they’ll say no. Create your own opportunities by asking for them directly. You’ll never know what’s out there unless you look for it!


While starting your journey as a gigging musician may seem daunting, there are small steps you can take towards success. Preparing a sample of your playing, prioritizing networking, utilizing social media, and reaching out to people will get you ready for your next gig.

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