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Can we play one of your shows?

We do about 15 - 20 shows a year which means that we do not have very many slots for bands. We give preference to bands that have shown a willingness to work hard and work with us to promote a thriving local music scene. We book most of our shows in the Greenfield, MA area, but also book other venues. If you are a local band (30 - 45 minutes from Greenfield) and are willing and able to sell 20 tickets let us know. If you are an out-of-town band with an unknown draw the best way to get a spot on one of our shows is either to show swap or for you to help us put together a show in your area.

Do you charge bands to play?

No. We don't charge. We do ask bands to help promote by selling tickets. If you're not cool with that's ok, but we're probably not going to book you unless you have a proven draw.
For many shows we ask some of the local bands to sell tickets as a means of encouraging them to promote and to solidify attendance. We might require a deposit for the tickets, but usually only if the show in question is far in the future and we've never worked with you before.

Why do you make local bands sell tickets?

We cover this in the PDP Manifesto but if you want even more information read on. It's part of the way we support a healthy local music scene. Fans want to see high-quality, entertaining shows with good bands. Bands want the opportunity to reach as many people as possible and to present what they do in the best way possible. We ask bands to sell tickets because we think it helps improve attendance. Our shows aren't free so that we can provide basic support to bands that need it and so that we can continue to pay the expenses we incur to provide safe, quality shows. When you're out there selling tickets you're promoting the show, helping to insure that there is good turnout which helps support the bands who might have traveled a while to play the show. You're also making sure that we can continue doing what we're doing.
We always tell bands that if they're serious about the art and the business of music and really want to be in it for the long haul then they need to think about what they would like if they were the traveling band, out on the road playing shows. They would want good quality shows and local bands that help to support for them. Which is why they should ask their fans to come to the show and stay and watch the other bands. It's about everyone supporting each other. This helps everyone including you, because a good healthy scene is something that you can rely on next month or next year. That's how we work. And hopefully when you go to other towns to play they do the same for you and get their locals to support. And if they don't then they're not worth dealing with.

But isn't it the promoters job to "promote" the show? Why should the bands do your work promoting the show for you?

That's one way to look at it. We cover this in the PDP Manifesto but if you want even more information read on. And it isn't like we don't do promotion. We spend a lot of time with online promotions, virtual flyering, involving local business, and generally getting a buzz going about every show we do. But we are not strictly show promoters. We often produce, organize and manage the entire affair, which means booking the bands, renting the venue, running the sound and lights, managing the event, taking care of the bands, providing security. This is more than what a promoter does because we have a different model than the guy that just books bands at the local club. We work closely with bands and do everything needed to put on good quality shows. We are a DIY operation and we include all the bands we work with in that. All of us together are working to build a nice local scene where bands can have decent shows and make enough money to survive.