So, you want to be a roadie, and have a job working with international touring bands?
That is fantastic! Working as a touring technician, tour manager, stylist, backline tech, sound engineer, or any other roadie job, is a rewarding and well-paid life. You will get to share in the excitement of a modern concert – the anticipation, the sense of community, the sharing, and the general appreciation of the good things in life, whist travelling the world and getting paid for it. And make no mistake, live music is big business. The Top 100 Tours of 2018 sold 22.9 million tickets, taking in $2.1 billion (1). Making those tours happen are the road crew – hard working professionals who share in the glamour and excitement of staging a modern concert. And roadie jobs bring good money. According to the Wall Street Journal, road crew members are earning up to $200,000 a year (2), with the most crew people earning about $60,000 which is well above the US household average wage (3).
So how do you join these people on-the-road? How do find out which bands need road crew, and make sure they pick you? How did the existing road crew people get started working for bands on tour? And why are roadie jobs rarely advertised? These are all questions you will find the answers to in this 192- page paperback book.
I am going to tell you how to get fulfilling roadie work by following five simple steps:
Step 1: Get to Know the Live Music Business
Step 2: Get to Know the Various Road Crew Jobs
Step 3: Set Up Your Own Freelance Crew Business
Step 4: Get Your First Work
Step 5: Do a Good Job and Get More Work.
I explain all this in the book, available in paperback, or as an ebook which can be read on your Kindle or iPad.
Before you buy the book, I just want to say – good luck! There are hundreds of professional road crew, out there right now, working on shows and tours. They are people, just like you, and if they can live their dream of working on-the-road, then so can you!
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1 ‘2018 Mid-Year Special Features; Top Tours, Ticket Sales, Business Analysis’, accessed 7 November 2018, https://www.pollstar.com/article/2018-mid-year-special-features-top-tours-ticket-sales-business-analysis-135890.
2 Neil Shah, ‘Roadies: Unlikely Survivors in the Music Business’, Wall Street Journal, 19 March 2015, sec. Arts, http://www.wsj.com/articles/roadies-unlikely-survivors-in-the-music-business-1426780184.
3 Data Integration Division US Census Bureau, ‘Income’, accessed 24 March 2016, http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/income.html.