Independent Media Technology Designer / Developer and Urban Media Global Network Collective / Artist Promotion Multimedia Music Network Founder and Architect Mr. Ruben J Burgos Aka (Mr. Dope Chef) defines hard work and dedication in any line of work he gets into. In the mist of being a computer wizard in design and development along with syndication for major and independent musicians, Mr. Dope Chef also is a talent musician.
In the moments leading up to Mr. Dope Chef’s entrance, it feels as if it would be quite an achievement to kill the atmosphere at a gentlemen’s club in Queens, New York this evening. Somehow, Dope Chef manages to team up with Independent Artist Showcase and network with major record labels (Def Jam Recordings, Atlantic Records, Republic Records as well as sponsors Strikkly Hip Hop and Power 105.1 F.M. Tonight marks the business moguls first proper special appearance that has assembled unique diverse talent from all over the New York City to compete for a shot at winning a record label meeting, what makes it even more remarkable that he has this much excitement available to him to help platforms on a digital scale of syndication promotion and marketing. But then again, the just turned 36-year-old is among hip-hop’s fastest-ever rising stars in the music industry as well as the worldwide web: despite having only been rapping for less then a year, in July of 2015 he became the first CEO/Artist to have his first single playing in every strip club with out any radio plays all at once.
The single by Mr. Dope Chef Featuring Timothy Bowden “THIS IS HOW WE FLEX” set to be released on UMG Records titled album project “Illuminati Grail”.
(AllHipHop News) After weeks of promotion, Yo Gotti finally released the highly-anticipated music video for “Rake It Up” featuring Nicki Minaj. The visuals for the Mike Will Made-It-produced strip club anthem debuted exclusively on Tidal. Blac Chyna also makes an appearance in the clip.
Minaj is one of the artist-owners of the streaming service and has used the platform to premiere content in the past. Previously, Yo Gotti’s White Friday CM9 release concertlivestreamed on Tidal, and the Memphis rapper starred in a recent episode of the Car Test series with Elliott Wilson .
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As she is rising to the top, she took a moment to call for the Bloods and Crips to fight White Nationalists aka the KKK. WOW. To me, thats a big statement. She’s down with The Blacks and the Browns, but on some semi revolutionary sh-t!
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What is a Music Promoter?
The main job of a music promoter, usually simply called a promoter, is to publicize a concert. Promoters are the people in charge of “putting on” the show. They work with agents, or in some cases, directly with the bands, and with clubs and concert venues to arrange for a show to take place. Promoters then are in charge of making sure the word gets out about that show. They also take care of arranging the incidentals, like hotels and backline for the band.
In a nutshell, it is the promoter’s job to make sure things go off without a hitch. Note that this kind of promoter is different from a radio plugger or PR agent.
What Jobs Should a Promoter Do?:
If the promoter is not tied to a specific venue, they should:
- Link with bands and agents to agree on a date for a performance
- Negotiate a deal with the band/agent for the show – what fee will be paid? Will the promoter provide accommodation?
- Book a venue for that agreed upon date
- Promote the upcoming gig to the local press and radio, put up posters and email their mailing list
- Make sure everything the band needs is in place – backline, accommodation, rider, etc.
- Set up soundcheck times and the running order of the show
- Arrange for a support band
Venue tied promoters skip the “contact venue” step.
What is the Pay Like?:
The pay for promoters varies and depends on several factors, including:
- The deal made with the band/agent
- How popular the artists are with whom the promoter is working
Indie music promoters can find it very hard to make money, and many indie promoters do promotion on the side of their “day jobs.”
Promoters make their money off of the proceeds generated by a show. Promoters can either have two kind of deals with bands:
- Pay the band a set fee, no matter how many people buy tickets
- A door split deal
With both deals, a promoter can easily lose money on a show. Making money as a promoter requires careful planning.
Do Promoters Need a Contract?:
When you are dealing with large sums of money, a contract is always a must. But many indie music promoters who know they won’t be making much money, if any, on a gig often skip the contract. Even if no money is exchanging hands at the end of the night, though, it is still a good idea for a band and promoter to have a contract that clearly states things like whether or not the promoter will provide accommodation, who is taking care of the backline, when the soundcheck is, how long the band’s set will be, what the band will get for a rider, and of course, how any profits will be split. It helps avoid confusion later.
How Do I Become a Promoter?:
There are two ways you can get into promoting. You can contact promoters and venues in your area and offer your services and learn the ropes that way, or you can try to get your promoting career off the ground yourself.
If you want to work for yourself, start small. Pick a favorite local band and offer to promote a show for them. Book the venue, contact the local media and put up some posters advertising the show. If you do a good job, other bands will find you, and as you become an established promoter in your area, bands from out of the area will find you as well.
Making Money as a Promoter:
Promoters who work with mega stars who sell out huge venues can make some serious money. But indie music promoters can easily find themselves working all day, every day, and only getting deeper into debt. Many promoters have a day job that supports their promotion job. If you want to become a promoter, you need a clear understanding of the money involved, and you need to make deals with bands and venues very carefully. For any given show, a promoter’s expenses include:
- Venue rental
- Advertising (posters, newspaper/magazine advertisments, etc)
- Backline rentals
- Accommodation for the band
- Payment for the band
You can’t get around some of these fees, like the venue fee, but there are ways of mitigating some of the expenses involved in promoting, and if you want to stay in this for the long haul, you need to cut costs as much as you can. For instance, ask the band/label/agent to print posters and send them to you, instead of you taking that cost on. Don’t provide accommodation if the band’s show is not going to generate enough money to cover the costs, or if you must, put the band up at your house. Don’t provide overly generous riders – a few waters and a few beers is fine. Split the cost of renting special equipment with the band.
You can also cut down on some of your expenses by working under a door split deal arrangement, instead of paying the band a set fee. That way, you make all of your money back first, and then the band gets paid if you get paid. Bigger artists will balk at this kind of deal and will want a set fee – paying a set fee is fine, and even ideal, when you’re working with a band who you know will sell enough tickets to recoup your costs. But if the band you’re putting on is just building a name for themselves, a door split deal is fair for everyone. Make sure the band try to sell some merchandise at the show to give them some extra money. If you have a door split deal, and the show didn’t make any money, a nice promoter might throw the band a little bit of gas money, which can go surprisingly far in earning you a rep as a good promoter!
The truth is that many indie shows lose money, especially shows featuring new bands. As long as you are not withholding earnings from the band, it is perfectly OK to set up your shows so you lose as little as possible. Most up and coming bands will recognize that and will work with you. After all, if you succeed, they succeed. Being fair to both parties – yourself included – is the name of the game.
A Good Promoter Brings in People and Profits.
Urban Media Global Network Collective & Artist Promotion Multimedia Music Network Architect & Founder Mr. Ruben J Burgos Aka Mr. Dope Chef explains what is a music promoter in this in depth article that entertainment professionals must read.
What Does a Music Promoter Do?
The music promoter works with an artist or band manager to plan for a show to occur. They agree upon a date and look for an appropriate venue.
The promoter negotiates any fees for the artist and then publicizes that event through radio, television, online or email advertising.
The music promoter ensures the artists have everything they need, from hotel rooms to sound checks.
The promoter typically creates a contract outlining the terms of the agreement, including fees owed to the promoter, date and time of sound checks, the length of the band’s performance and any other demands.
What is a Music Promoter’s Work Environment?
A music promoter typically works in a regular office and may have an assistant or a team. Some opt to meet with clients off-site, at restaurants or other entertainment locations. Others do most of their work online or over the phone.
How Do I Become a Music Promoter?
There isn’t a formal education path required to become a music promoter. The most essential skills are a love of music and business savvy, so a degree in business or marketing can be very useful. The ability to negotiate effectively is essential, as you will need to bargain with artists, venues, hotels and more.
Understanding different aspects of the business is important. Read trade magazines to understand the latest developments and see how other events are put together.
If possible, try to get an internship with an event management company. You can get experience planning and promoting major events, which can be invaluable, even if the events are not related to music.
Many people start out on their own offering their services for free or at a steep discount to local bands trying to make a name for themselves. They check out smaller bars, cafes and fairs for venue options and research lower cost options for equipment or security. While you may not make any money for the first few events, these experiences can pave the way for larger and more lucrative opportunities going forward.
Many people enter the business without fully understanding the demands of the job, so turnover and job burnout is high. For those who stay in the business, it can be fiercely competitive, as there are large amounts of people who try to succeed. Particularly for those just starting out, it can be difficult to get steady work within the industry.
The average salary ranges from $30,000-50,000 for those employed by companies. For independent promoters, they receive a cut of tickets sold or a business fee.
If you have a strong knowledge of music, a passion for the industry, outstanding communication and negotiation skills and motivation, you may excel as a music promoter.
It’s a challenging and competitive career path, but it can be very rewarding work if you love what you do.
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