There’s no doubt that live music is one of the best ways to ensure a successful event of any kind. Whether you’re hosting a party, looking for musical artists for your wedding, putting on a corporate event, or you have a bar and want to keep your customers entertained, live music acts make for memorable experiences.
In fact, one study revealed that three-quarters of respondents believe the moments that are remembered most are “live experiences.” Whether you’re looking for rappers from Maryland, an indie group from California, or anything else, be sure to follow these steps for the best possible hire.
Think About the Best Type of Live Music Act For Your Event
It’s important to consider all the specifics of your event in order to choose the best type of live music. Do you want the band or singer to play background music for an intimate dinner party? While a swing band would be great for a dance party, the music would probably be too loud, making it difficult for people to enjoy conversations.
If the entertainment is going to play a starring role, be sure to consider your guests – will you have a mix of people with a wide range of tastes, a younger crowd who will be more into current tunes, or an older crowd who might prefer the classics?
Professional musicians have invested a lot of time and money in their equipment and their talents. In fact, some have just as many years of training as lawyers. They’re usually independent contractors, which means they have to pay for self-employment taxes, health insurance, and other expenses. They deserve to be compensated accordingly.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to hire famous artists that could cost you three-quarters of a million dollars or more. Be realistic, knowing your budget, while getting creative, looking for the best value. There are apps and websites where you can connect with outstanding, experienced musicians for much less than what you’d pay if you went through a talent management agency.
Only Consider the Pros
On the same note, while you might be able to save money hiring your brother’s best friend who’s an amateur singer or in a garage band, you’ll be taking a big risk. Keep in mind that the professionals take their job seriously and will take your event seriously too as their reputations rely on it.
Listen to Samples
There’s no way to know if you’re going to like the act until you listen to the samples. Musicians and singers should have websites with samples of their music and past performances. That way you’ll know just what you’re getting and if it suits the event you plan to host.
Research Reviews and/or Ask for a Portfolio
When searching through available talent on apps or online, be sure to thoroughly research their reviews. No matter what method you use, once you make that first contact, ask for a portfolio. If they don’t have one, it’s probably best to move on. Portfolios will tell you the names of the clients they’ve performed for, the venues they’ve played, and the type of music they typically play.
While it’s important not to rush in order to ensure you choose the best possible act for your event, you’ll want to plan ahead and book as early as possible. Keep in mind that the best live musicians will be booked out well in advance.