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Wow, WebDoc seems pretty cool. It would be great if this was full screen and the comments/additional content was on a sidebar that could be hidden. it would be like an ever updating one sheet.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2011 on 7 Standout Startups From SF MusicTech at hypebot
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Hey there, My name is David. I am an artist/entrepreneur in Los Angeles. I started a company called Mugoto. We currently book bands and promote events through our website www.Mugoto.com. All of our gigs are either paid, or there is an opportunity to make money. We currently book Molly Malones and a few other venues. We are about to team up with www.ArtistHead.com to start booking national acts around town that Mugoto users will have to chance to open for. It is my goal to reconnect the DIY community and build a group of artists/musicians and other culture inspiring people to support and help each other grow.
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Call the venue, book the date, create the campaign, promote the link, repeat.
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This is Awesome! Hopefully as more artists start finding creative things like this the new models for DIY artists will start to take shape. Really, this is cool.
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The first 3 yes, 4 & 6....it's all good if your band regularly draws 50 people. At that point yeah, book your own night, get some friends bands and enjoy your double scoup of ice cream. As a promoter I have to guarantee that people who will generate revenue for the venue show up and that it was worth the "30 minutes of phone calls" it takes to organize and promote the show. I regularly have my bands sell tickets and only pay them for tickets they sold (people that came to see them). They earn 1/2 the door after a number of tickets sold. They don't have to pay for the tickets up front, or any unsold tickets, but if they miss the mark twice they won't get booked again. I can't afford to loose my overhead or worse my night because a band doesn't draw. In LA there are only a few of us that aren't pay to play and to keep the venue, the band and myself happy this is the medium. It's not ideal, but its fair. I'm talking 50 - 150 capacity, I'm working on booking some 250 - 400 seaters for the end of the year. I'll let you know what we work out for those. Saying that put one of your friends at the door to take his own count on your sales. Do a quick head count yourself and do what ever you need to to make sure your not getting ripped off, which is usually just being on top of them and letting the promoter/venue know your watching.
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"Your band is not their top priority. There are simply not enough hours in a day to get to all the emails. Do not take it personally." "9.) Never burn bridges" Great advice.
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We are not in the business of selling music anymore. Connection! Connection! Connection! We want to be like our favorite artists. We want their confidence, their swagger, their style. Make a connection with us then give us ways to express that connection. Whether that be clothes, accesories, video contests. As a fan I want to show people that I am part of a culture, part of a community. As an artist I want to lead one.
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Right? I was just having a conversation about this. When you choose to go into this field you are willingly deciding to go in a differnent direction then virtually everyone else. A few years ago almost all of my friends decided to go to college to get a BA. I never even considerd that an option. I attended MI for 15 months for Guitar and Independent Artist Production and here I am 3 years later, my friends all still in school, with my own business, a job where i am involved with music everyday and the landscape to continue to grow. I never stop working, but I coulnd't be happier. My question is at what expense did they choose to go to university? Everyone I know has another year if not more of school before they even start applying for jobs. Their choice to go to a "real" college rather than explore what they really want to do in todays world is no more secure then my decision not to.
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Sounds pretty slick. The tech behind this is something I would like to see take off. Being able to pick out a tune in a dj set or fan made video and pay the original artist?I'm in.
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