How Can I Improve My Chances Of Getting Gigs And Avoid Getting Ripped Off?

  • Daniel Melnick
  • General Manager
    of Sonic Bids
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Getting the right gigs can sometimes seem like the hardest part of an artist's career. Venues ignore you or reject you. Booking agents never respond to you. The list goes on.

Dan Melnick, the General Manager of Sonic Bids, explains what you need to have in place to be taken seriously by venues, managers and agents. He also reveals the key red flag that a gig might be a scam.  


What Dan Discusses In This Interview

Booking Mistakes

Find out what the most common booking mistakes that artists make are.

Validating Your Act

Learn how entertainment buyers do their own research on your act.

Approaching Venues

Learn the best and most effective ways to approach a venue or a booking agent.

Serious Red Flag

Find out the main red flag to watch for that might suggest a gig is a scam.

Promotional Materials

Learn what promotinal materials work and which ones are useless in pursuing gigs.

Pricing Your Act

Get some insights into how to price your act when pursuing venues.
About The EXPERT

Dan Melnick

Daniel has more than 17 years of experience in the music industry. His expertise lies in growing revenue, establishing partnerships, and executing successful events. Currently serving as General Manager at Sonicbids, a music technology platform based in Brooklyn, NY, Daniel has been instrumental in expanding relationships and overseeing the company's growth strategies and partnership initiatives.

Prior to his role at Sonicbids, Daniel founded and served as CEO of TurnStyle Music Group, a live music agency operating in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Long Island, and Philadelphia. Under his leadership, TurnStyle Music Group produced over 1,200 events in various venues, captivating audiences across multiple cities. Daniel's exceptional talent for building relationships and executing partnerships led to successful collaborations with renowned brands, including MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, resulting in years of sponsored concerts and branded events.

As a musician, Daniel has showcased his own talents with his band "Buy The Sky."

Daniel has also actively contributed to the academic community as a conference panelist, guest lecturer, and most recently as a professor at the Roc Nation School of Music & Sports at LIU Brooklyn, where he teaches a class on Concert Promotion. He looks forward to sharing his expertise and teaching the students at NYU about concert management.

Outside of his career, Daniel is deeply involved in volunteer work, coaching football teams, and contributing to community outreach programs.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, with a minor in Music Studies, from Quinnipiac University.

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