idlewild

Artists latest tours around the UK

Some well-known legends of the music industry and some lesser known smaller acts currently on tour:

De La Soul – Starting 1st of May at O2 arena and ending 8th Aug in Sub89 Reading.

The Enemy – Kicks off 28th May in KOKO Camden and ends 12th June Edge of the wedge in Southsea

Idlewild – UK tour starts at An Tobar in Argyllshire 4th Oct and finishes up in Birnam Arts Centre in Perth and Kinross.

Palma Violets – Psych-Rock band are playing Voodoo in Belfast 7th April and Cyprus Avenue in Cork 11th April.

 

Dave_Navarr

Why should you consider musicians insurance?

Musicians spend a pretty penny on quality music equipment. You might be the proud owner of a vintage Gibson guitar, lots of stage lighting equipment, a wall of rack-mounted Marshall amplifiers, and stackable cabinets. The thing to remember, no matter how much expensive music gear you own, is that this much music equipment should be insured. The unfortunate reality is that if anything happened to all that equipment, chances are it would cost more out-of-pocket than you are able to afford to replace it. Some instruments alone can cost thousands of dollars. However, when your gear is insured, this makes it possible for a musician to replace even some priceless pieces of equipment for a fraction of the cost. In addition, many policies will also provide coverage for working musicians and touring bands for a variety of other reasons.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

When a band is out touring, any number of things can and will go seriously wrong. Someone might drive off with the tour bus and all the equipment in it. The pyrotechnics might accidentally go off and burn the venue down. A guy tosses a bottle of beer at the drummer, putting him in the hospital. One of the stage hands falls and gets seriously hurt. Though musicians are in business to write, play, and record music, actually being a touring band comes with a lot of other hidden liabilities that requires a healthy amount of coverage to mitigate potential losses.

My Home Owner’s Insurance Will Cover My Gear

One of the big mistakes that musicians make is in thinking that their home-owner’s insurance will cover their damaged or stolen gear. If this gear belongs to their music business, then chances are that their home owner’s insurance will not cover their music business’s stolen and damaged equipment. For this reason, separate business-related policies are available for the purpose of covering the music equipment that belongs to their music business. Also, it is important to note that a home-owner’s policy is of little use when a piece of gear is not on the premises when damaged or stolen.

How Much Will It Cost?

It is difficult to place an exact dollar value on how much a musician or a band will pay for insurance. It really depends on what types of coverage they purchase. Policies designed for touring bands can cover personal injury liability, auto liability, equipment damage, theft, and even worker’s compensation to cover those hired to work for the band in various capacities. The costs can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars annually.

Benefits Of Having Musician’s Insurance

A band never truly knows how beneficial it is to have adequate coverage until catastrophe strikes. Having sufficient coverage will often ensure that a band will survive a major set back and be able to make it to their next gig. Not having adequate cover tends to produce the opposite result. Consequently, it is essential that a band purchases enough to limit as many liabilities along the way as possible to protect themselves and their business from any unforeseen dangers.

touring musicians

Top 7 Jobs for Touring Musician

When it comes to being a touring musician there is no greater hurdle than the one that is your day job. Dealing with a day job can be crippling for the musician that needs to get up and go at a moment’s notice for their next big show. Most of these choices can be pursued without extra training but some require specific skills. These skills can be learned overtime and obtaining them could give you a large edge over your competition. However, there are great jobs out there that will be flexible enough to allow the touring musician to roam. Here are our top 7 flexible jobs for people in bands.

1. Freelance Writer

Feel like you have a way with words? Well, turn it into your income! Many people nowadays are raised on the com
puter and they have turned that experience into high speed typing. If you have a strong grip on grammar, spelling, and creative thinking then you can easily find some work in this burgeoning field. All you need is a laptop and the ability to get online.

2. Sell Insurance

One of the biggest enemies of the active musician is this little guy known as the ‘punch in clock’. Having to go to work and punch in on the time clock then sit around for eight hours a day will be the enemy of every dreamer for the rest of their lives. So escape it! Sign up with a reputable insurance agency and begin selling insurance to friends, family, and anyone who will listen. You make your hours, your schedule, and can take the job with you anywhere. All you need is to get licensed by an agency.

3. Sell Crafts on Etsy

If you are a musician that is at the point of touring then you probably are a pretty creative person. Turn that creativity toward making collectible crafts. You can make necklaces, pendants, book covers–anything you can imagine! Fans of your work will pay top dollar on the various craft websites on the internet.

4. Work as a Search Engine Evaluator

This position may be a little bit harder to come by as it requires you to take a placement test. A Search Engine Evaluator is an independent contractor hired by a company to rate results sent in via search engine. This is how Google and Yahoo can handcraft their searches to give you the best results. With a laptop and internet you can even do this on the road.

5. Become a Voice Actor

Do you feel like you have a unique voice? Put it to the test! There are many websites and businesses out there that need voices to sling their products. With a good condenser microphone and a laptop you will be able to provide top quality recordings. Websites like Voices or Voices123 act as great mediums between actor and client.

6. Become a Microtask Worker

A microtask worker is a person that gets paid by the individual task that they do. They are hired by different websites online, like: Clickworker, MTURK, and Lionbridge, to do a multitude of tiny tasks. These tasks could include small surveys or image sorting. Each task can pay anywhere from a penny all the way to several dollars. Do enough of them and you’ll be rolling in cash!

7. Sell Band Merchandise

You will never be more connected to your fans than when you are on the road and there will never be a better time to try and sell merch. By designing and printing off bulk orders of merchandise (T-Shirts, Buttons, Stickers, CDs) you can get great value for the quantity. Up the price accordingly at concerts and sell them to as many people as possible. You won’t get rich but it’ll keep you floating!