What to Know About Starting a Live Music Night in Your Town
Starting a live music night in your town may sound like a lot to take on, but this is an awesome way to bring a community together for fun! Whether you're in a sleepy small town or even a buzzing small city: it takes planning. Thankfully, you get to set the schedule.
These are the top things to know about starting a live music night in your town!
Pick A Venue
The best venues for community gatherings have enough space, are easy to get to, and have attractive features. For a live music night, this could be a large park in the summer, or in the winter a concert venue.
Think about budget, since most spaces will likely have to be rented out, and whether or not the city would be willing to work with you on this since it's for the area and supporting local artists.
Put Out the Word to Musicians
There's no event without musicians! So get to know the local music scene and get the word out as thoroughly as you can. Although searching for 'entertainment near me' can help, it's important to also talk to the locals. Social media is a powerful weapon here, allowing you to reach as many people as possible.
If you want to get a larger audience, consider giving away free tickets as a raffle, picking five to ten from the people who retweet or share something you post. This may make more people interact and share information about the event.
Plan Early and Thoroughly
The further out you start planning: the better. Early planning will let you catch artists and musicians that might not have been available later and will allow you to figure out how much you need to budget for musicians, catering, the venue, parking, and anything else that will have to be paid for.
Take the time to plan out every detail, even down to the bathrooms, to ensure that there aren't any surprises when the event comes: and if there are surprises, you'll be ready for them.
Remember to Hype Up Bands and Other Events
When you’re planning this event, hype up the artists playing and whatever other local events are happening!
This will help build a feeling of community and hopefully inspire these parties to share plenty of information about the event you're planning. No musician wants to play to a crowd of just ten, and no other event wants to look bad by not sharing the love that yours is!
Charge Reasonably and Pay Musicians
When charging for tickets: look at other events in your area and consider what they're charging.
Then, look at the cost of everything from the venue to the artists and whatever else costs money to make this happen: and factor this into the price of tickets.
You Can Make Your Town into the Cultural Hub of Your Dreams
Whether you live in a town of 2,000 or 200,000: music can bring the area to life. Plan the event of a lifetime, and nobody will forget it!