I called him three times a week for two months. I left messages and I sent emails. They were never returned. Occasionally, I reached him on the phone. He told me he was too busy to discuss and to call back the next day.
Weeks later, I reached him again. He told me again that he was too busy to discuss. I asked him when he’d be less busy and I’d call back then. He said he was too busy to think about when he wouldn’t be busy. He was indefinitely busy.
With the current system, there’s no solution to this besides respectful persistence. You’re best to assume that he/she is too busy. Don’t let your dark side convince you that he/she is an asshole. Or else that’ll seep into your correspondence and then you’ll never get the gig!
In the meantime, is there a better way to organize club bookings? The current system must be frustrating for club owners too. I can’t imagine how stressful it must be to own, manage and book a club, especially with all these artists pestering them every day!
Maybe some kind of online, social networking or digital booking system?
Once artists/groups go through an approval stage, the manager/owner places them into a class. Those customized classes determine the frequency the artist can play and on which days of the week. Popular artists can play more frequently and on Fridays and Saturdays, while less popular or younger artists can only play once every few months and on Sundays and Mondays. Artists could manually book themselves into clubs!
Could booking gigs go Web 2.0?