Robonzo performing at Vista Mar Marina with the Jim Votaw Band | The Unstarving Musician's Guide to Getting Paid Gigs

This is the third installment and re-release of The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs. The episode is dedicated to chapters five and six, in which I discuss the importance of managing your gig schedule and boosting that revenue stream.

Episode Highlights

Gaining control of your gig schedule, creating multiple sources of income, and increasing your demand are among the topics I explore in chapters five and six.

  • How to carefully manage your schedule while working with multiple bands
  • The various benefits of working with multiple bands
  • How to share the marketing load
  • Tips on how to meet and work with other musicians
  • The right questions to ask when considering new venues
  • The benefits of subbing and how to do it successfully

3 Key Points

1. Staying creative requires routine, discipline and practice.
2. Surround yourself with good musicians and be a nice person in return.
3. Everything is easier when you’re well practiced and good at your craft.


“Every new musician you meet is a likely asset to your network. Being a nice person [to other musicians] will pay dividends.”
–Robonzo, The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs

“If you want to fill your gig calendar, you’ll give yourself a huge advantage by having a good learning and practice routine. Take lessons and practice, practice, practice.”
–Robonzo, The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs

“Build your confidence account by taking your playing seriously. It’ll help you get the good gigs and lots of them.”
–Robonzo, The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs

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