Last year, artist manager and booking agent Matt Fripp, launched a course for jazz musicians with the goal of assisting them in finding gig’s. This come as no surprise due to the fact that Matt is also founder of the artist services website jazzfuel.com. Jazz Fuel has been empowering musicians for some years now with practical advice helping them get more gigs. Recently Matt announced that applications are now open for the second edition of the “How To Get More Jazz Gigs” course. Registration closes on the 21st of January 2018 so you will need to be quick as places are limited.
Matt Fripp is no stranger to the jazz industry. After 6 years of working as an agent for the Air Agency in London, where he booked over 1,000 gigs, Matt set up my his booking & management agency in the summer of 2016. Since setting out on his own Matt has just recently hit the 1,500 gigs booked mark. His current roster includes Anthony Strong, Get The Blessing, Hailey Tuck, Binker & Moses, Gerard Presencer & Jan Prax.
For those that wish to know more about the course, Matt provided us with the following information.
As a European booking agent, the number one thing I hear from musicians who are struggling to book gigs for their project is “I can’t move onto the next level without a booking agent”.
The recent Jazzfuel survey of 40+ international jazz promoters turned up an interesting result:
On average, the promoters involved said more than half of the artists at their venue or festival were booked directly, with no agent involved.
You can see for yourself: check a local venue or festival that you know well and I’m sure you’ll see many killer musicians who have got the gig themselves.
Of course, if you’re a musician, you don’t necessarily want to be dealing with the booking side of things, but with so many great bands out there – compared to a relatively few agencies – it’s necessary if you want to be touring more.
As an agent, I’m limited to the amount of bands I work with by time constraints. But there are lots of things I’ve learnt over the years which make booking shows more successful and less time consuming.
I’ve put these into an online course called How To Get More Jazz Gigs which is into it’s 2nd edition right now. Registration is open until this Sunday (21st January) and gives you a step-by-step approach (with 1-to-1 feedback & support from me) for making 2018 your best year ever for gigging.
More information on the course can be found at the Jazzfuel website.
Last modified: July 15, 2018