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Monday, March 2, 2009

Winning Over The Staff

You've sold the management team and you've got your self a gig. With all that you've got to think about, preparation, promotion, execution, etc., it's easy to overlook one very important item, 'winning over the staff.'

Getting the staff to like you is critical if you want to play a venue on an ongoing basis. Management relys heavily on the staff's opinion when deciding whether or not to have a performer return. In many cases, if the staff likes you, you're in. If they don't, you're out.

Here's a few pointers on how to 'win over the staff.'
  • Write down the names of the bartenders and waitstaff
  • At the end of each set, acknowledge the tremendous efforts that the staff has made to insure everyone's well-being
  • Politely ask the crowd to 'take care' of the staff as they close-out their tabs

'Winning over the staff' has paid dividends to me for years.

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1 comment:

  1. Don't forget to tip! It doesn't matter how much they like your music, if you leave a crummy tip, they'll always remember you as that cheap guy. Even if your food/drinks are free, give them a couple bucks. They're trying to make money just like you are.