Dear Parent: I hear your kid’s band is starting to sound pretty good! The band is getting regular practices in; they’re gigging a bit; they’ve got a logo and a Facebook page. How can you help them now?
Well, now is the time to get familiar with what it means to be a band. Educate yourself (so you can advise them) about brand, promotion, recording and their rights. I recommend you head to the music section of your local bookstore or library and take a look at the band “how-to” books that have been published in the last few years.
Welcome to Parent as Band Manager – The Series. This is part three in a series of articles for parents about helping young musicians get out of the garage and find a gig. Is this you? Then congrats, you are the Band Manager! Click on the “Parent as Band Manager” tab for other articles.
One of these books, The Indie Band Survival Guide, was written by the lead members of the band “Beatnik Turtle” and includes the subheading: The Complete Manual For The Do-It-Yourself Musician. The book is written for established bands (not for teens or parents) and I would argue whether the manual is complete or not, but it does provide a lot of information for “indie” bands all in one resource. You can find all of the information in the book and more by visiting their website.
Take a look at: The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual For The Do-It-Yourself Musician, By Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan
Most young bands (of any genre) that I’ve come across in the last few years consider themselves “indie.” The adults in their lives may think of them as “rockers,” but that term has little traction with the actual artists themselves.
The opening chapter of The Indie Band Survival Guide exclaims: “There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be a Musician,” and given advances in technology and social media, I would have to agree. Instant access and exposure are available to even the youngest novice at the push of a button. With the right information, you as parent band manager can help them get creative, play gigs and have fun!
NOTE: A new issue of The Indie Band Survival Guide has been released since this article was written. Read the Pavoh review of the new issue in this article: Pavoh Reviews The Indie Band Survival Guide