help for artists

GigMaven is an online platform that connects professional musicians with live music venues and allows them to book gigs online. With GigMaven, artists can:
  • Search over 4,000 venues by name, genre and location
  • Apply, schedule and book gigs with details of date, time, compensation, etc.
  • Promote yourself with a free profile with songs, photos, videos and upcoming/past gigs
  • Help yourself get more gigs by syncing Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to increase your social media score


Below you'll find a list of questions that come up when musicians start using GigMaven. If you can't your question here, you can email us.


Do I have to pay for GigMaven?

No, GigMaven is 100% free!

How do I sign up?

Head here and Click the "Sign Up" link in the top right corner of the screen.

Can I change this information after entering it in the initial screen?

Yep. Later, once you're signed in, you'll see a "Settings" tab on the top-right of the screen. Click it and you can change your information.

Do I have to sync my Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Accounts? What do I get out of this?

We recommend that you do but you don't have to. We use your social networks to show and increase your popularity, and to help venues make more accurate booking decisions. GigMaven uses analytics powered by Next Big Sound to give venues a general measure of an artist's fanbase. By providing us with your Facebook artist page, you can show your Facebook fans on your GigMaven profile, and you can get more Facebook fans through your GigMaven profile. By syncing with MySpace from the get-go, you take away some of the work of filling out your profile. By syncing your Twitter, you'll automatically promote your GigMaven profile to you Twitter followers. You'll also encourage social media interaction from friends, venues, and even the GigMaven staff. If you honestly want to avoid all these benefits, just click "I'll do this later."

What should I enter for this GigMaven URL?

This is the unique web address that we give you.You can give out this URL to people so they can check out your profile. Most people just use their band name.

Why do I have to enter my zip code?

We ask for your zip code so we can recommend venues to you by location, and send you location-specific opportunities. These opportunities include offers to participate in GigMaven showcases and giveaways (gear, music conference passes etc.).

Why should I invite others?

More bands on GigMaven helps us get more venues, which in turn gives you more opportunities to book gigs online. We built GigMaven to help artists like yourself, so spread the word!

I just signed up for GigMaven, can I book gigs now?

You're almost there! You need to have a complete profile before you can apply to venues. We do this because we want you to have the best opportunity to book a gig and having a complete profile helps the venue make a more accurate booking decision. These are the steps you should take:

  1. Click on "Profile"
  2. Scroll to the bottom of your profile and add a few of your past gigs. Venues really care that you've been playing live.
  3. Add tunes. Think of of the best song that you play. Have an MP3 of it? Upload it. Upload more. Keep in mind, GigMaven only supports MP3 files.
  4. Add photos. In an ideal world, you should have a combination of thrilling live snaps and eye-popping press-kit style photos.
  5. Add videos. If you have any YouTube videos, click "add," and copy and paste the YouTube URL. Why only YouTube? Because YouTube is one of the better ways for today's independent musicians to get their music in front of as many eyes as possible. Between live show footage, slideshows with a soundtrack, skits, and direct addresses to your fans from your room/rehearsal space/tour van, you can cover pretty much all of your bases with YouTube videos. They're easy to share with friends, they keep a coherent record of your music's progress over time, and they're easily embedded by the next blogger that picks you up and makes you somewhat famous.
  6. Add text. The basic info section is where you add just a little information about yourself. The bio is where you can add a lot. You should write this for an audience that doesn't know anything about you. Try to get criticism from an outside source, or even get someone else to write it.

How do I change my band name and location?

You can change your band name, location and GigMaven URL under the "Profile" tab in "Settings."

How do I change my password?

You can change your password under the "Password" tab in "Settings."

How do I change my email address?

You can change your email address under the "Email" tab in "Settings."

How do I find venues?

First, make sure you're logged in. When you're logged in, click on the "Home" tab and you'll see a section called "Find Venues." By default, we display the venues nearest to you. You can also search for venues by location, name, and genre. To search, you must include a search radius and a zip code or town. You can then refine your search by including a venue name, or a genre. When you find a venue, click on it to view its profile. Here you can find all basic information that you need to know. You can find out when a venue is open, where it is located, and what genres it features. You can then find more detailed information, including an "about" section, photos and videos of past gigs. Here you also see the venue's backline, its lighting, and the details of its sound system.

How do I submit my application to a venue?

First, find a venue. Make sure you have a complete profile. When you find a venue to which you'd like to apply, click the large orange button marked "apply to this venue." This will take you to a new window where you can add a range of available dates, an estimated audience draw, and a note to the venue's talent buyer. Click "Apply Now," and the venue will immediately receive your application.

How do I know when I've been offered a gig?

When a venue offers you a gig you will be immediately notified via email to login to GigMaven to view the offer. In addition, a notification will appear in both your "Activity Stream" and in the "Your Gigs" section of GigMaven.

What do I do when I get a gig offer?

First, login to GigMaven. After you're logged in, either click "View" within the activity stream on the home page, or click on the date in red on your calendar, and then click "View." While viewing a gig offer, you can write a note to the venue, and you can either accept the gig, or decline the gig.

How do I accept a gig offer?

To accept a gig, simply click "view" in your activity stream or on your "gigs" calendar, and click the orange "accept" button.

How do I decline a gig?

To decline a gig, simply click "view" in your activity stream, and click "decline." If a date conflict is the reason why you can't perform on this date, it's important that you check the box marked "date conflict." Then, the venue will know that you're still interested, and may possibly offer you another date.

Can I write a note to a venue after I have declined their offer? For how long can I write to a venue after negotiations have ceased?

It's a very good idea to give the venue a reason why you're declining their offer. You can write a note to the venue until the gig date has passed.

How do I change or unsync my Facebook, MySpace or Twitter account?

To change an account that you've synced with GigMaven, you must first unsync the account from Facebook, Myspace or Twitter (instructions below for each platform). Then, return to your GigMaven settings and add the correct account by clicking "sync."

Myspace: Log into Myspace, click on "My Account" and click on the "Sync" link. Then, find GigMaven in the "Services You Have Linked to Your MyspaceID" section and click "Unlink."


Facebook:
Log into Facebook, click on "Account" and click on the "Application settings." Then, find GigMaven in the "Applications on Facebook" and click the “X."

Twitter:
Log into Twitter, click on "Settings" and click on the "Connections." Then, find GigMaven in the list and click “Revoke Access.”