Gigmaven: A New Way For Musicians And Venues To Book Gigs Online
A new online music events service is helping artists get more work.
The music industry is catching up to the digital era. There are a slew of music industry-friendly websites out there helping bands join the 2.0 world (even if its with vintage leather jackets, greasy hair and unplugged guitars). To name a few, MySpace.com is still the go-to home website for many up-and-coming bands, CD Baby, an online distributor of indie music and FanBridge, which helps bands manage e-mail lists and fans.
Now Gigmaven, which beta launched in July 2008 is gaining serious market traction as a new way to help musicians and venues book gigs online. The service essentially streamlines the booking process, helping venues cut down on miscellaneous applications and musicians find open venues. Founded by Yale grad and classically trained musician Howard Han to “help artists book more gigs,” Gigmaven, which is run by 6 guys out of an office in Manhattan's East Village, now operates in 8 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and D.C with plans to roll out in new cities over the next three months.