INFORMATION FOR MUSICIANS LOOKING TO BOOK GIGS AT MONTANYA DISTILLERS
Montanya Distillers has become a well known, well loved and well respected music venue over the last 5 years. To view our current calendar of music, click here.
To get started requesting a booking, send Karen Hoskin an email at email@example.com with links to your music, so she can have a listen and make sure you or your band are a good fit for our venue. (We book bands playing their own original music.) Next, take a look at the calendar to see what dates are open. In your email, make a suggestion of dates that work for both you and for us.
Our shows are always 6-9pm. Bands are welcome to double book themselves with a 10 or 10:30 pm gig elsewhere locally if they prefer. We are best for acoustic sets rather than serious electric, full drum kit sets. We book music on any day of the week from December 15th to April 5th (winter season) and June 15th to October 1st (summer/fall season). Our busiest nights are on Thurs-Sat. We have become known for having a great variety of styles and high quality performers who are promoting and selling their own talents and selling CD's rather than just playing other's covers.
We actively book for the summer season in late April/May and for the winter season in October/early November. We book music in the off season but advise musicians that we are less busy then.
We pay bands and musicians a percentage of our bar take, typically 10% for a 3-4 person band, 8% for a duo act, and 5%+ for a solo musician. Our cocktails are all $10+ each, which means musicians do way better than a "PBR" percentage. We do not offer a guarantee for our bands unless there is a special event involved. We never charge a cover, so our musicians additionally do really well on tips and CD/Merch sales. We work hard to take good care of musicians and have become known for that. We provide food and cocktails for all band members, although not traveling companions.
Our venue is busy and vibrant for exposure to a great fan base most of the time. As bands become known in CB and have a draw of their own, we are able to pay more and provide a guarantee to bring back our favorites. :) We also have been known to send along some rum for the road to sweeten the deal. Feel free to ask us.
For best results, here are some ways to promote your show at Montanya:
- We promote shows on Reverbnation, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website blog with good results, so please be sure we have your photo and short bio as soon as you book.
- The local radio station often features our musicians for a live in studio performance if time allows. Contact Tyler Lucas at KBUT.
- Please notify our local paper (Crested Butte News) of your appearance and send in a photo and short bio 2 weeks before to firstname.lastname@example.org. Doing this yourself assures that the paper has exactly the info you want to profile and definitely helps locals and visitors plan to attend. Our newspaper schedule often gets picked up by other local blogs and media too.
- Please feel free to link to us on FB (Montanya Distillers), Instagram (#montanyarum), Reverbnation (Montanya Distillers) and Twitter (montanyarum) when you promote your schedule.
We do not hang posters so don't bother taking the time and resources to send them.
We do not have an in-house sound system so you must bring your own sound. We do have a patch into our whole house sound system to pipe you outside onto the sidewalk (which brings people in the door) and upstairs to the second floor. We have the patch cords for your soundboard.
We don't provide band accommodations. We do provide recommendations and support as needed - referrals for discounted rooms, local deals, a cramped loft to crash in if all else fails, camping recommendations in summer, RV parking options.
If you will be filing a performance notification with any music licensing entities like ASCAP or BMI or playing covers, you absolutely must notify us in advance so we can assure and handle music licensing compliance.
That about covers it!