How the Club Circuit Works

Step 3 - The Contract

A lot of club booking is done verbally. You talk to the booker, he gives you the details and that's it. But if you can get a signed agreement, that's a good thing. The agreement can be very simple. It should list things like:

When - date and time for the show and what time you can arrive to set up

Where - address of the club and which door you should use to load and unload equipment

How much - amount of money, if any, you will get paid. If you're getting paid nothing, it's good to know that up front. Otherwise, there are three standard policies:

  • Fixed fee - The band gets $100 for the night, or something like that. The amount depends on the size of the club and how popular your band is.
  • Percentage of the door - The band gets some percentage of the cover charge.
  • Percentage of the band's draw - At the door, people are asked if they came to see your band. You get most of the cover charge of the people who say yes.

Promotion - It's helpful to know if the club will do any promotion. If not, all the burden is on you.

Equipment - If the club has a sound system you can tap into, find out about it. What do you need to bring? If the club has nothing, you're bringing everything.

Put all of these details down on a sheet of paper. If the club will sign the agreement, great. If nothing else, you can use that piece of paper to make sure you don't forget anything when it's time to do the show.