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Bandbook

Local Band Music Community


Tiny
Published 02/29/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

BandBook is an online community created to help connect music fans, the local scene and unknown, small town bands together. It also helps connect venues and promoters to underground music scene as well. Bands can manage many of the logistics of their business through BandBook by tracking their gig dates through the calendar, invoicing venues, and even having a platform to maintain their merchandise inventory. Fans can get in touch with the music scene of their town through BandBook by scoping the BandBook music feeds, finding local musicians who are looking for a band, and following the bands and venues that they love. BandBook has a database so users can browse through bands, fans, musicians, managers, venues and concerts. Additionally users can post music-related classifieds through BandBook too. So whether it is to get an update about a hot new local band, check out what concerts are happening that weekend or to sell a guitar, BandBook can help!

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

BandBook considers itself "the fastest growing, most enthusiastic group of music lovers ever assembled." BandBook was founded in 2010. According to LinkedIn.com, Bandbook has a staff of fewer than ten employees and is headquartered in Webster, Massachusetts. BandBook.com was completely redesigned on October 1, 2011. The redesign addressed self-admitted issues with functionality, features, usability, and an overall lack-of-fun.

What are the differences to other apps?

BandBook's main focus is on bringing attention to the local music scenes and connecting fans, bands and promoters together. As opposed to other major music sites that focus on a nationwide scale or on the most popular of artists, BandBook takes the opposite approach. BandBook is also unique in its special focus on making bands more effective. It has tools to help small, struggling bands such as budget and finance applications, musician searches and a gig and practice calendar.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

In early 2012, BandBook was in its beta version with constant improvements on the horizon. The site is designed with a palette of teal blues, blacks and white. It is overall functional, but could use a bit more help in the style department. The site is supported by advertisements, which are located throughout the pages and the companies are listed as sponsors. The artist profiles are informative and fun to browse through and oftentimes include hard-to-find music videos so users can get familiar with new bands and music.

How does the registration process work?

Users can sign up for BandBook by visiting: http://www.bandbook.com/signup.aspx

From there, users will be asked to input their first name, last name, email address, password and zip code. BandBook also asks users if they are a musician, fan, venue or manager. From there users can update their profile further to become apart of this music community. They can also start browsing through bands, musicians, music, concerts or even the classifieds from there.

What does it cost to use the application?

BandBook is a free service, supported by advertisements. Even the band management tools offered on their site are free to use. There are no indications that the folks at BandBook will begin charging for their services. BandBook may charge venues or promoters to be on the site, however that information isn't completely apparent. At least for music fans and the bands themselves, the site is 100% free and for bands and musicians it may actually help them to make some money!

Who would you recommend the application to?

BandBook is recommended for any music enthusiast who wants to get more in tune with their local community. It is also strongly recommended for new bands, managers or venues who are looking for an audience.

  • Get updates about local music scene
  • Find talented musicians looking for a band
  • Calendar function available for bands to manage their practice and performance dates
  • Bands can track their pay (or lack thereof) for the gigs that they've performed


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