What Type of Merch Should I Make For My Band?
There are tons and tons of merch products you could create for your band... all which serve their own purpose. From products like t-shirts and can cozies to sell behind the merch table, to promotional items such as postcards and posters to promote upcoming shows, there‚Äôs a huge variety of merchandise to choose from. While we encourage creativity and versatility in merch creation, this month, we‚Äôre going back to basics. Before stocking up on playing cards with your band member‚Äôs faces, or other fun chachkies, we recommend investing in the essentials, which we consider to be: a vinyl banner, stickers, and IndieCards. Here‚Äôs why...
A vinyl banner is a must for behind the merch table and as a backdrop on stage. For the merch table, it tells fans WHERE you are, and for behind the stage, to tell fans WHO you are. Take advantage of the prime location you have to promote yourselves and use up every square foot of it! The best part is, banners aren‚Äôt expensive, and always include full color printing, hems, and grommets for easy hanging.
Stickers are another basic for promotion and branding. You can sell them at your merch table, stick them on just about anything, and also use them as labels. If you want to brand something with your band to give out or sell, such as surf wax, bottled water, or even hair spray (these have all been done believe it or not!), simply slap a sticker on it, and you‚Äôve got a unique promo item for your band. Guitar cases, amps, merch bins, the guy selling your merch- cover them all! The more exposure your band name/logo have, the more you will stick out in fans‚Äô heads.
Lastly, IndieCards. The innovative, essential, new form of sharing music. And what‚Äôs more important than getting your music out? We know many bands are still manufacturing CDs, but with less and less people owning CD players, these are a great alternative for selling or handing out your music. No larger than a business card, fans (and potential fans) can put your IndieCard right in their pocket to take home. And you can login online at anytime to control the page where your fans go to download your content. At around 10% the cost of making CDs, you can even afford to hand them as a way of promoting your music instead of selling them simply to recoup expenses!
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Nov 5th, 2011 7-10PM
Art Opening "Intuition: The Ultimate Unity" Art Exhibit and Book Signing
Featuring: Artistic Creations by Nicole Cavaluzzi
Photography and Paintins plus new poetry/photography book launch and signing
Music: We Are
Dec 3rd, 2011 7-10PM
Art Opening: Linda Chartier
Music: Chris Brown
Jan 7th, 2011 7-10PM
Art Opening: Ellen Martin
Feb 4th, 2011 7-10PM
Art Opening: Chris Lucania