Are you interested in getting out of your home nation and going international?

As an independent artist, it can be a hard balance to strike. In a bid to help you get the work done that you need, we recommend that you read the following.

We’ll cover the essential basics needed to help you book up a live show internationally. This can be hard to do if you are new to the industry or you lack contacts and expertise.

However, when done right, it’s one of the best ways to earn a living, grow your brand and see the world all at once. Not sure how you can go about making this a possibility?

Then read on below. We’ll go through the majority of the process that you need to consider if you wish to land a show abroad.

If you follow this plan, it should make it a bit easier for you to begin making waves internationally. While it always helps to break your local scene first, securing a gig abroad can be a fun way to expand your influence and make sure you can see the world as you go!

Booking International Shows as an Independent Artist

The first thing that you need to invest in is acceptance that not every request will pan out. Persistence is key here; without naming names, look at some of the artists around the industry who lack talent but make up for it with persistence and heart.

Make calls, follow up with previously rejected venues (if they were full, for instance) and work on that side of your advertising first and foremost.

Also, make sure you keep track of every single call that you make. Use a spreadsheet and make sure you keep track of when you called someone, when you have a gig, and the date/time that you got in touch with a promoter. Now, you can avoid badgering someone or leaving it too late to get back in touch.

Don’t be afraid to follow-up. Someone might say they’ll call you back, but life takes over and it’s very easy to lose track. They aren’t ignoring you, though; they are just busy.

Also, don’t get upset if they don’t’ call you back immediately, and take the time to follow up with them in a decent period of time. People in the industry rarely lead you on; if they don’t like your stuff, they’ll say.

Avoid being too pushy, as well. There’s nothing wrong with following up, but don’t keep pushing if they seem tepid. If they appear to be rejecting you, find out what you need to do to improve. Use every rejection as a learning point to help you make the next time a success.

As ever, it’s all about patience and being willing to accept that timing might be an issue. Maybe you just don’t fit their vibe, or they are fully booked. Following on from the above, you should be able to make notable improvements to your international gig uptake without turning into a pest.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
Stop The Breaks is an independent music marketing company focused on showcasing independent hip-hop artists. Our goal is to help motivate, inspire and educate independent artists grinding around the world. We provide branding, content marketing, social media, SEO and music promotion services.