Are you a musician who pitches for work?
As artist managers, we pitch for our clients all the time.
Our performers want concert, oratorio, concerto and chamber work, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio.
Our composers want commissions, and performances and recordings of their works.
We are also concert promoters, which means we book musicians for work, and therefore receive countless pitches.
We wanted to share our insight into this part of the music industry, having seen it from both sides, so today we reached out with a live discussion on this very topic, full of insights about the ins and outs of pitching for musical work.
You can watch the full video at the bottom of this blog post.
However, if you want a quick round-up of our top tips for pitching, here they are.
What to include
- Headline – what is the most interesting thing about your project?
- What instrument/s you/your ensemble play – unbelievably, I often have to search pitches for this information! A photo can be a great way to make this clear.
- What we can expect from the performance – a sense of repertoire or theme
- Why it will be high quality – career highlights / competition success / press quotes / testimonials
- A link to a recording or video of your work (if you are a composer, a midi file is fine)
- Links to your website and socials
- Your contact details
- Your availability – even if you suggest a date patch and it doesn’t work for the promoter, it still helps them focus on the possibility of booking you if you mention a specific date or time of the year. Bonus points for working out when the promoter usually has events and suggesting something that fits with that pattern, for example…
“I notice you usually hold concerts on Thursdays”. Golden.
How does this make you feel?
A note on the above, especially number 4 – this does not mean you have to make it sound as though your career is in a different place from where it is. If you are a frequent visitor to the Wigmore Hall, say so. If you are just finishing education, and making your first steps into your professional career, say this.
Concert promoters don’t only book musicians whose careers are in full flight, and you will always come across better if you are honest and genuine.
So, are you ready? Are you raring to go?
Do you feel like you could use a second pair of eyes?
From 1 June 2020 we are launching a new service: Perfect Pitch with Polyphony Arts. You can send us your pitch and we will perfect it for you.
More details of how this works and how you can get your perfect pitch for only £60 are here. We look forward to hearing how you get on!
Katie Beardsworth and Margaret Pinder