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Attention To Detail

June 11, 2013

Having sat on my fair share of music juries, it never ceases to amaze me how many bands put such little into the application process. The “what does it hurt to try?” mentality is extra frustrating when sifting through a large pile of applicants.

Whether applying for music festivals, showcasing opportunities, or even just soliciting for work or help from industry professionals it is always important to pay attention to detail. Here’s a few tips to help:

Always include all the info they ask for.

Leaving things out on the application not only looks sloppy but could be detrimental to the scoring process. If you are unsure about a section of the application contact the people and verify exactly what they are looking for in advance. This is even more effective if you’re not doing it last minute on the deadline day.

Have your information up to date.

If you include links to websites like Facebook, Twitter, etc., ensure that they are kept up to date. There is little more frustrating than checking out a weblink the artist has provided only to see it hasn’t been updated in months!

Don’t be speculative.

Saying things like “we hope to” or “in the future we plan to” doesn’t usually bode well. Stick to what you have done or what you have committed to do in the near future (within reason).

Include sources.

Use quotes from press or established names in the music business to show that other people are paying attention to your career.

Content and activity is always an asset.

Being active on YouTube or having lots of upcoming tour dates are just samples of things that show that you are staying active.

Think from the perspective of what your are bringing to the table.

It’s realistic to expect that what you are applying for will obviously be beneficial to your career so look at it from how you can help them with their event (i.e.: bringing in a crowd, providing something unique sounding for their festival or showcase, etc.). Personally there is nothing more obvious than seeing “It would really help our career to perform at…”

At the end of the day it is important to think of any application you are processing like a resume you would use when applying for a new job. You always want to make sure you are good fit for the position and that you put your best foot forward.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mick permalink
    June 23, 2013 11:21 PM

    Not sure what this article pertains to – continuously mentioning ‘application’ like you’re sitting across the desk from some office loser in hopes of being favored for a sucky job you’ve applied for to make a few bucks.

    Bands shouldn’t be wasting their time filling out ‘applications’ for any non-musical hack! Send or deliver your promo, meet bookers & cultivate gigs. Forget applications unless you’re getting a loan for a tour bus or new equipment.



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