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Music Booking Agency: Some Traits to Look For

  • Deidre Rodriquez
  • November 29, 2018
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A music booking agency is an interesting, multi-faceted organization that plays a huge role in the entertainment and music industry. As with any organization or business, there are certain qualities a potential customer should look for to ensure that they are working with professionals who can help in the best way possible. The following article will provide some insight into the business of a music booking agency and some of the qualities we believe someone should look for when seeking the services of a music booking agency.

A Music Booking Agency Should Know Venues and Event Spaces

A solid music booking agency will experience working with a variety of live entertainment venues. As a customer, one of the most important aspects of organizing an event with entertainment is selecting an appropriate venue. Depending on the nature of the event, the venue can be a stockyard, hotel ballroom, local bar, major club, auditorium, outdoor arena, or even a field.

A music booking agency should have a long history of booking entertainment into a variety of venues. That experience teaches a music booking agency to anticipate problems and deal with them, should they occur. During its 43-year history, TSE has booked in every kind of venue from dive bars to giant arenas. Look for a music booking agency with similar experience and credentials.

Working with an agency who has lots of experience with venues of all sizes and styles can really improve the experience of planning an event.

Long lasting relationships is another great indicator that a live music booking agency is good at what it does. It is one thing to book an event one time for a talent buyer.  It is entirely another when the buyer keeps coming back to that same agency to find them with high quality talent and fun events! In any industry, building relationships is just as important as offering a high-quality product. The music booking industry is no different. Some of TSE’s clients have worked with us for close to 30 years!

A Music Booking Agent Should Give You Peace of Mind

Experience can be more or less a relative term but working with a music booking agency that has a decent amount of work history will likely be an important part of your selection criteria. . Working alongside people who know the ropes in the entertainment industry can be a huge plus. This booking process can be difficult with a lot of twists. There’s just no substitute for experience.

TSE is a great example of an entertainment booking agency that has enough experience to have seen it all.  With 43 years of experience TSE has learned a lot to make booking easer for you! This isn’t to say that newer booking agencies cannot provide quality results too! If the agency has proven their ability to execute on projects and pay attention to details, they should be good to go.

Attention to detail is another key asset that any business should have, really. In music booking agencies, however, the details are just as important as the big picture ideas. When seeking a quality entertainment booking agency, pay attention to how the agency communicates. Are they prompt and responsive? Do they communicate professionally? Can they get in touch with venues and artists relatively quickly? If so, it is likely that the agency is a safe bet. TSE prides itself on our professionalism and attention to detail. We do our best with every client to ensure that their needs are being met.

Communication is absolute key in the music booking industry! In a business that requires a lot of selling and negotiation, having an agency on your side that knows how to operate in that setting will bode well. Their buying power can save you money.

TSE negotiates and makes deals multiple times a day for our clients.  Any worth-while booking agency would do the same. As obvious a statement as it is, a decent booking agency should be able to do just that: book! In addition to booking, keeping a client informed on any progress—or lack thereof—that is made is important. Straightforward and honest communication is the keystone of a good music booking agency. Long periods of silence while in the middle of planning an event can potentially be a red flag!

A music booking agencies can also provide a safety net for customers. This is especially helpful for anyone new to the music and entertainment industry. Part of the responsibility of a booking agency is making sure that the “administrative” tasks get taken care of. Local production issues need to be ironed out, contracts put in place,  entertainers needs to be paid, venues need promotion content, and clients need to be kept in the loop at all times. A top booking agency will make sure these things—among other important details—will be taken care of.

Look for a Passion for Music in Any Booking Agency

TSE Entertainment has been in business for over four decades for many reasons.  The main one being that we love music and what we do. Any music booking agency a customer works with should have a passion and love for their local music scene and live entertainment in general. Not only does this passion make agencies more fun to work with, but it makes the entire process of planning an event go smoothly.

If the company you are considering working with doesn’t appear to love what they do, why work with them? Without passion and genuine excitement for the industry, the entertainment booking process can be daunting, tedious, and an overall burden on everyone involved.

There are a lot of details that go into entertainment booking for events and live shows.  While it may sometimes require a bit of hustle, the common denominator is the music. While the business side of booking is undeniably important, coupling business expertise with a love for music will undoubtedly produce a great entertainment booking agency.

TSE can guarantee our attitudes will always be in the right place. We want to work with you and help you plan the best event possible. Making our customers’ experiences positive and memorable is our goal. We have many years of experience working with venues and artists.  Let us share our expertise with you! Contact TSE today to put your event plans into motion!

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