Raising money for kids – with kazoos

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Last week, we hosted an experience with Thao of The Get Down Stay Down at the Hotel Utah, which raised $1000 for Magik Magik’s music for kids program.

The experience brought thirty fans to the Hotel Utah, where they were taught an arrangement (for kazoo!) to Thao’s song ‘We the Common’ by Magik Magik’s amazing Musical Director, Minna Choi. Beer was consumed during the rehearsal.

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Soon, Thao arrived and performed with these fans. It was so unique and fun and intimate. She generously played another three songs and then signed everyone’s musical transcripts (Minna had printed out the parts) and took pictures.

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Everyone went away floating on the experience. It was so precious and amazing. Keep up with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and you could be a participant in her next experience!

Choosing Experiences to Offer

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We’ve compiled a list of tips for determining what to offer your fans with Experiences:

  • Come up with multiple Experiences that appeal to different levels of fans – your casual listeners looking to learn more versus your superfans.
  • Set different price points and combine physical and digital offerings to appeal to different types of fans in all locations.
  • Include a tangible good – a physical item to help fans mark the occasion, like a setlist, unique photo opportunity, or exclusive, signed merchandise.
  • Incorporate things outside of music that you’re passionate about to engage fans in a new and exciting way. Are you interested photography, art, design, or food? Include an opportunity to share this passion with your fans.

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 4.17.54 PMAnything we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!

VIP packages available for Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour

The holidays came early this year! We have an exclusive batch of VIP packages for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour – aka Beyonce’s global extravaganza.

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Each package includes a priority reserved seat available only to BandPage customers, a gift card towards exclusive VIP merchandise, Rent the Runway gift certificate and unique souvenir tour laminate.

The We Like to Party Package also includes early concert access, personalized signed photo, VIP gift bag and Beyonce fragrance.

Looking to go all out? The Dance 4 U Package takes it to the next level with all of the above features in addition to a private VIP fan pre-party before the show and tickets in front of general admission against the stage.

Run the world and shake your bootylicious body from your VIP perch this holiday season!

Guest Post: A House show with fans

Lia Rose is an indie folk artist based in San Francisco, who recently played some shows in Southern California. Here’s her take on House Show Experiences.

I love playing shows of all kinds, but there is something very special about performing in someone’s living room for a room full of people who are listening intently.

photo credit: Max Solomon

photo credit: Max Solomon

It’s a very different experience from playing in a hugely amplified venue with quite some distance between the audience and the stage.

I hope to always do both, but I certainly hope to fill out my calendar with more and more of the special intimate acoustic experiences.

We’ve posted about intimate fan shows before. Want to try them out? Let us know and we’ll set you up with Experiences.

Get Set with PayPal

There are a few steps to setting up Experiences on BandPage. One of the most important is ensuring your PayPal account is set up to sell and accept payments. To help you out, we’ve created a list of requirements.

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To set up a PayPal Seller account, you need to do a couple of things in PayPal.

1. Your PayPal account must be a Premier or Business account. Personal PayPal accounts do not have the seller option, so you need to upgrade before you can set up a Seller’s account. Note that PayPal Premier and Business accounts are not available in all countries. Check with PayPal to make sure you can set up a Business or Premier account where you’re based!

2. Make sure ‘PayPal Account Optional’ is turned on. This enables non-PayPal Members to pay by credit card, key to let as many fans as possible pay for your Experience.

3. Ensure your credit card and bank account information have been linked and verified in PayPal. In order to sell an Experience, you can not have a negative balance in PayPal so make sure you’re in the black there.

Any questions? Let us know in our Help Center!

Guest Post: Nothing Else Matters

Aaron Zimmer is making a name for himself in NYC and across the country not only for his brand of pop/rock, but also for his engaging one-man live show that includes a multitude of instruments, percussion and loops.

Through my partnership with Bandpage Experiences, Diana in Chicago commissioned me to record her all time favorite song, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. The premise is simple: You pick the song, I’ll arrange and record my rendition of it at my little studio here in Brooklyn. I’m also doing custom cover art for all of the songs too, which is fun.

Recording cover songs for my friends and fans is great for lots of reasons. First, I get to spend the day (or 2) working on music that might not necessarily be in my wheel house. Its good exercise and practice for me as an artist. And, you get a brand new version of a song you already love. Most of all though, I get to work one-on-one with other music lovers to create something that’s one-of-a-kind.

Never in a million years would I have considered recording my own version of a Metallica song. Because of Bandpage’s “Experience” platform and Diana’s input, I got the opportunity. And, my version didn’t come out too bad, I hope!

More info about my experiences can be found here.

Meet your Idols

One of the best outcomes from Experiences is hearing the amazing stories of fans meeting their favorite artists in real life. It’s even better when it benefits a great charity like Road Recovery.

Here are a few pictures from the Ozzy Osbourne backstage meet and greet:

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Take a look at our newest Experiences for the opportunity to get backstage or meet your favorite band!