I get a lot clients asking me about Sonicbids. For those of you who don’t know, Sonicbids is an online gig submission site that hosts your ‘EPK’ (electronic press kit) and lets you submit it to various festivals, gigs, licensing opportunities etc. Sonicbids charges a monthly fee and then a per submission fee for some gigs.
“Enough with the introductions!” you say. “Is it or is it not a scam!?” Well, that depends on your definition of ‘scam’… First off, let me quote one of my BC Musician Magazine articles, ‘The Indie Artist’s Gameplan‘:
‘The only thing that is easy in the music business is spending money’
Sonicbids isn’t exactly a scam, they do what they say… they take your money and submit your music to gigs and festivals. It is however an overpriced and under-effective way of submitting music. In my humble (but somewhat experienced in this arena) opinion, you are much better off trying to build your own connections. Get out and create gigs in places that they don’t exist. Make great music, be an amazing performer and promote yourself. The rest will come. Do you really want to compete with thousands of other bands in a contest where the only rule is that you pay $45? All the great gigs I’ve gotten (or my friends have gotten) have been through connections, and you can’t build connections by typing in your credit card information and clicking ‘submit’.
Services like Sonicbids, Radiotrackers, Songwriting Competitions, Taxi and the like are the music industry version of Las Vegas. Gamble on them if you have the extra cash, but don’t rely on them to make you money.
In case you want to do some more research, here’s some good links on sonicbids questionable submission tactics. Now go make some great music!