#1
We are a local pop metalcore band from southern california. (Savvy Mae) We are in the process of booking a tour but dont really know where to start. Many questions come to mind such as, how do we get money for food and gas on the tour, will venues pay us? Should we go through a booking agency, if so what one or should we just do it ourselves. Any advice would be amazing or tips on things we did not think of from you ultimateguitar rockstars.
#2
Firstly you should know the point of touring - it's to expose yourself to new audiences. So if you don't have a firm fan base at home yet, you should be focussing on that, and not touring.

As you are in new places, people haven't heard you yet and will likely not come to your gigs unless you are supporting another band with a firm fan base in the area already. In return when they come you your area, they support you.

As for cash, you're going to run into debt. You get the money for food/gas/accomodation by saving it up the old fashioned way, or getting a loan.

Venues may or may not pay you. If you have a fan base and can guarantee people, figure out a door/drinks deal with the venue. If you are not bringing anyone, don't expect to get paid, other than tips from the audience who may or may not be there.

If you apply for festivals, some will cover your transport and pay. That depends on the festival.
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#4
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Firstly you should know the point of touring - it's to expose yourself to new audiences. So if you don't have a firm fan base at home yet, you should be focussing on that, and not touring.

As you are in new places, people haven't heard you yet and will likely not come to your gigs unless you are supporting another band with a firm fan base in the area already. In return when they come you your area, they support you.

As for cash, you're going to run into debt. You get the money for food/gas/accomodation by saving it up the old fashioned way, or getting a loan.

Venues may or may not pay you. If you have a fan base and can guarantee people, figure out a door/drinks deal with the venue. If you are not bringing anyone, don't expect to get paid, other than tips from the audience who may or may not be there.

If you apply for festivals, some will cover your transport and pay. That depends on the festival.


This. Also, what is a "pop metalcore" band? Sounds like a bit of an oxymoron.
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#5
thanks guys! and our songs have a poppy feel with some metal and hardcore instrumentals

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#6
You guys sound pretty good! I'd check with some of the other local bands, but you are probably going to be on the hook for a lot of this on your own.
#7
My main tip would be to plan the route you're going to take first, and then find venues to suit it - i.e you don't want to be driving 150miles to start the tour, then going 200miles for the next gig, and 175miles back towards the first night before going off 100miles off another way that was closer to 2nd night etc.

That and plan out every aspect of the budget, leaving yourself money to cover any repairs you may encounter/a sizeable 'emergency fund' that you don't need to break into if it's left over, but will cover you in an emergency (d'uh lol).

Other than that, the usual $hit applies - avoid pay-to-play/'bring 50 people/sell ___ tickets' as you'll be in new areas anyway so won't be able to draw too big a crowd; consider not going on last (as headline) so people won't have left by the time the unknown band is on; try and find popular local bands to headline/play with from your genre so you can have at least some potential support and new fans.

You could also reach out to a few bands offering a gig swap type deal, and consider trying to get on the bill of bigger shows in the areas you want to tour, by contacting the venue/promoters explaining your situation - it helps if you have a product to sell (i.e new EP/album, merch etc.).
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