There are alot of musicians out there from the very good to the not so very good. It’s a wild west and de-regulated, there is degree or governing body to ensure professional standards but simply individuals working with individuals. It’s beautiful but it can be challenging for the uninitiated. 

When booking a musician, if you are concerned you may be working with an amateur here are some questions to ask:

  1. Do you have enough material to get through the booking without repeats?
  2. What will happen if you are sick on the day, who is your backup?
  3. What will you wear on the day?
  4. What do you normally eat/drink at gigs?
  5. What kind of music are you going to play?
  6. Can you send me the setlist?
  7. How many gigs like this have you done before?
  8. What’s your sound gear like?
  9. Have you checked in with the venue to make sure you know the setup?
  10.  Can you send me some reviews from past events?

There are many of course but these could start a good dialogue about the quality and capacity of the artist you are booking and confirm or surprise your intuitions about them.

As always a good agent is highly recommended to simplify this whole process.