Summer touring season is far from over! As much as touring is exciting, it can also be nerve-racking and stressful. Here are a few tips and online tools and services to make your next tour stress-free and more manageable.
A successful tour starts with good planning. Staying organized and keeping everything in check can help you stay focused and keep stress at bay while touring. Complete tour management services like Artist Growth and Master Tour help musicians organize and manage their itinerary, travel, production, and accounting. Plus, you can make sure all team members have easy access to all pertinent information.
Rent Instruments and Backline Online
Being on the road certainly has a lot of uncertainties, so knowing your backline rentals will be ready for pickup or delivery when you arrive at your destination city can somewhat put your mind at ease. Instead of reaching out to individual rental stores and managing communications separately via phone and email, check out Sparkplug, the online marketplace where you can search and rent your equipment with little hassle. With Sparkplug’s extensive network across the US And Europe, you can easily find the instruments, gears, and studio or rehearsal spaces that meet your requirements, across multiple cities. Rent from local businesses or fellow musicians. All transactions are handled through Sparkplug’s platform (and are accessible on the iPhone app as well), making it easy to book and manage all rentals in one place.
Streamline your Merch
Good merchandise is a must for a successful tour. Finding affordable, quality items that are easily customizable and and then having them manufactured and delivered quickly is crucial. Sites like MerchCat, My Custom Band Merch, and Bands on a Budget simplify the process of designing and producing your very own designs created just for your your fans. To boost sales, you can even get a Merch Roadie, a portable vending machine for your merchandise that you take with you to your shows.
Engage Your Fans
Needless to say, one of the most exciting aspects of touring is personally connecting with your fans across many cities. However, the interaction does not have to stop after your show. By creating a page of your tour or concert on direct-to-fan platforms like PledgeMusic, you can engage with your fans, interact with them directly, and even have them involved in the creative process or help fund your next tour.
Keep within your Budget
At the end of the day, you probably want to make some money on your tour. With unexpected costs that pop up while on the road, it is especially important to track all expenses. Utilizing software designed for small businesses, such as Xero and FreshBooks, enables you to track expenses on the go and coordinate with your team members.
We hope these help your next tour run smoother and more organized, so it’s easier for you to focus on the most important thing - the music.
Know another great tool that we missed? We always love learning about other great companies and services for artists, so please let us know.
By Linan Chen