How are those other bands getting those sweet gigs at venues in Fort Collins?
Take a moment to think about how you contact booking agents. An informal approach only makes sense if you already have a relationship with that person.
When making a cold contact to inquire about a show, make sure your email is clear, professional, and contains all the information a booking agent might need. It is not their job to research bands, and they probably won’t look you up if you don’t include links.
Here, we’ve provided a sample booking inquiry. We recommend that you don’t use this as “fill in the blank” form, but try to customize it in a way that makes sense for your band. Keep it on hand to use as a template so you can quickly submit your band for opening slots as soon a show is announced.
Hi (VENUE or BOOKING AGENT or ANOTHER BAND),
I would like to submit my band as support for (SHOW) on (DATE).
(BAND NAME) is a (# OF MEMBERS) piece (GENRE) band, based out of (TOWN). We have released (#) albums, and played (List venues, festivals, and notable supporting slots), and gathered a loyal following locally. We actively market every show we play, and will help pack the house!
Feel free to add a more personal note, but remember the object is to convey your value.
Thank you for your consideration!
A cool press photo at the bottom can help grab attention.
Courtesy The Yawpers via Julie Sutter
The Turkey Coops turned band rehearsal spaces have been on our radar for years. We first heard about them when our friends who were practicing in these “renovated” coops, Wire Faces and Fierce Bad Rabbit, were ROBBED. A truck pulled up to their unit in the middle of the night about 2 years ago, cut the lock and absconded with ~$15,000 worth of their beloved equipment. The case is still unsolved (missing gear list).
A turkey coop rehearsal space (post-robbery)
This tragedy is what spurred the creation of Cohere Bandwidth in the first place and it feels a little like our turkey coop story arc is coming full circle. We found out late last night that Larimer County has shut down the turkey coops due to zoning violations (author’s note: and crimes against artistry). Bands have been practicing in these unheated, unsecured, improperly zoned and unsound-proofed plywood rooms where turkeys formerly awaited their pre-Thanksgiving deaths. Bands didn’t elect to practice in these coops because it’s cheap or semi-convenient or goddamn freezing cold in the winter. They practiced there because it was their only viable option to make music and try to stay off the radar and out of their neighbors’ hair.
Deplorable conditions aside, we’re proud to be building rock solid rehearsal space in Old Town Fort Collins BOTH to prevent the mistreatment of our community’s most creative assets and to send a message that MUSIC MATTERS.
That’s why we’re offering a whole month of free rehearsal to each of the three bands that have been displaced from the turkey coops. We never want bands to have to practice in less than ideal conditions ever again in Fort Collins. We won’t stand for it.
If your band has been displaced from the turkey coops, please email Shane right away and request your free month. We’ll be open in about 4 weeks at 317 Jefferson Street under the Downtown Artery.
Bands we know about: Bomb Threat, Endless Monster, Chieftain.