Using The New Event Resources Website As a Tool

Our brand new website has a few features that we’d like to brag about!


First and foremost, we now have an improved, responsive design that works well on any device.  It will sure make viewing on your phone and other handheld devices much easier and more user-friendly.  Your welcome, and yes we know this was overdue.

Second, we have an increased social media presence, utilizing the usual Facebook and Twitter of course, but also adding our Youtube channel , Spotify playlist, and our new WordPress blog (and if you’re reading this you obviously found it…).  We plan to update these items more regularly and allow you to connect with us in multiple ways.  We want you to feel up to speed on the latest artist and industry news, be able to sample new music we’re into, and have access to our previous newsletters that you may have accidentally deleted (say it isn’t true!).  So like us, follow us, stalk us, and just plain enjoy us as much as you can via social media.  We’ll try to keep the cat videos to a minimum and the artist news to a maximum.

Last, but not least, there is our enhanced artist search capabilities.  This is likely the part of our new website that we are most proud of, and we know you will want to use it as a tool.  Many of our clients (both new and old) use our website as a resource for gathering artist pricing and information, forming lists for your committees to browse through, etc.  We love that and want it to continue, and have added a few bonus features.  We have two new categories, which are “currently routed artists” and “staff hot picks.” 

Currently routed artists are artists that we know are routing a full tour.  That doesn’t mean the artists not on this list are unavailable – it just means they are more likely taking one-offs or small mini-routes rather than gathering a full on tour.  What is the benefit of knowing who is currently routing?  Artists that are routing full tours are more likely to accept lower offers if you can fit into their routing geographically, so date flexibility is key.  They can also save you money because they often carry some production or at least backline equipment with them.  This saves you money on production and could allow you to afford an artist that you otherwise could not.  They also often have their own means of travel.  One expense that may go up with booking a currently routing artist is catering as they often have more people on the road with them.

As for “staff hot picks,” these are artists that we are personally most excited about, our clients are asking about the most, are a special bargain price, or have some other exciting reason for us to label them as such.  If you really want to know – ask us why we picked each one and we’ll tell you.

The other new enhanced artist search feature is that we offer the ability to form an “artist wishlist.”  As you browse our huge list of artists, feel free to periodically add artists to your wishlist so that you have an easy way of tracking your favorite artists.  Once you have formed a wishlist, you can add or subtract any artists you want, and then create a pdf of the wishlist to email to your committees, or send us a copy of it.  What will we do with the list once we receive it?  Probably make fun of some of your favorites amongst ourselves, and then email you to make fun of your favorites directly.  (COMPLETELY KIDDING.)  In reality we will take that list, and send you an email detailing more information about those artists, verify pricing, and reply to any other requests for information you may have put in your message.  For example, if you have a wishlist of artists and you specifically need one of them to perform on October 11th, we can then check that date for all of those artists and let you know which of your wishlist artists are available for your date.

Some of you are used to emailing us all your questions, artist lists, etc, and we have no problem with that.  The additional website tools are to add to your experience, not take away from it.  If you prefer to email or call us directly, then that’s the way to go.  We also want your continued feedback on everything new we are providing.  If you hate any features, we want to know!  If you are having a hard time using our new website, tell us!  We want your feedback so we can continue to improve both our website and the services we provide.

So enjoy the new website, explore, and let us know what you think!

Why We Do What We Do

Occasionally we get asked what keeps us motivated as we sit at our desks and answer emails and phone calls all day every day.  To some the job of a middle buyer may sound exciting because we are dealing in entertainment, but then they realize 95% of our work is done sitting at a desk and it may not be all that it is cracked up to be.  As you deal with the stress of a few shows per year, we are dealing with the stress of multiple shows each week, at locations on opposite sides of the country, with artists on opposite sides of the spectrum.

I’m not going to lie – some days are easier than others.  Some days as we sort through contracts, chase marketing materials, answer emails asking whether our clients really have to provide that package of underwear listed on the rider, and so on, it can seem a little tedious.

Being honest, this job has ruined my own ability to be a direct consumer of concerts and comedy events.  I cannot help but wonder why the artist started 15 min late, why the left spotlight isn’t working, and I often find myself preoccupied with the details that have nothing to do with me as an audience member.  BUT, then we get to attend a show for one of our clients, and our perspective changes.  We get to see the entire process come together in one culminating event.  Buyers, committees, venue staff members, students, and audience members are all excited for the day of the show, whether it be the nervous excitement of those backstage or the anxious excitement of audience members lining up outside.  The energy on a concert day is unbeatable.  Anyone on the planning side of things is working hard to ensure a smooth day, to make all their months of planning come together, and to keep everyone (especially the performer) happy.  Then, it all somehow comes together, and the performance starts.  If we’re lucky and all is running relatively well, we get a chance to see the looks on the faces of both the audience members, AND the faces of those behind the scenes.  My favorite is watching those behind the scenes, seeing all their hard work come together, and knowing they’re thinking “this was totally worth it.”

After a show, those working the show are typically on a “high,” loving the texts and social media posts from their friends, and they start asking the next logical question – “What can we do next?”  The excitement is visible on their faces, the sense of achievement and accomplishment, and a sense of pride is in the air.  A sense of “we pulled it off!”  An echo of “how can we present something even better next time?!”  It’s contagious, and makes us smile just thinking about it.ILStatecrowd

Those are the moments when we know why we do what we do.  And that’s when WE say “this was totally worth it.”