My name is Matt Fripp. I’m based in Europe and have worked as an international booking agent & manager for jazz musicians for almost 10 years.
Since 2016 I’ve been helping musicians, via this Jazzfuel site, figure out how to get more gigs and attention for their project.
The free content is aimed at showing you how you can start making faster progress – right now – with your music.
Are you making brilliant music?
Of course, making brilliant music is the most important thing – and that’s down to you to take care of.
But with so many other great jazz projects out there, you need to figure out how to stand out to clubs, festivals, labels, press & fans.
So whether you’re a recent graduate thinking about your first album, or a gig veteran who wants to tour more internationally, there are articles here to help.
Looking after every aspect of your career – especially if you don’t have support from an agent or manager – can seem like a pretty daunting task!
It’s certainly not something you can tick off in a couple of hours.
So rather than try to digest all the content on this website right now, the best way to get started is by joining the free Jazzfuel mailing list.
As soon as you sign up, you’ll receive a welcome mail (with a request to share some of your music), followed by a short email series to take you through the key strategies for booking more jazz gigs.
You’ll be joining around 3,000 other gigging musicians worldwide on the Jazzfuel newsletter – and you can meet some of them inside the private Jazzfuel members Facebook group.
As a musician, you’ve spent years practicing your instrument and honing your craft.
That’s the real hard work.
My goal is to help you get to grips with the other, non-playing, side of things.
This is work that can make a massive impact on how much success you have and which, if you don’t have an agent or manager, you need to be taking care of yourself.
The list goes on…
Sometimes it’s hard to break down all these ‘other’ things into manageable parts, never mind come up with a plan for how to put them into practice across weeks and months.
The articles on this site are aimed not just at sharing the ‘industry’ point-of-view on these, but also at giving you ideas and tested strategies for maximising your own chances of success.
By joining the free Jazzfuel mailing list and starting to incorporate bits into your weekly routine – you should see a positive impact on your project and career.
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Having a great project is only half the battle.
I see examples all the time of musicians who play amazing music, but are not really in a position to get a lot of gigs or press attention because they’re not taking care of the non-playing side of things to a similarly high level.
If you really want to speed up your progress, there are some things you should be aware of…
First impressions are important when it comes to winning fans and convincing industry people to book you or write about you.
Attention is short and, especially online, there are a lot of people trying to get heard.
So, it’s important that you have some key ‘tools’ together to convince people to check out you or your latest project. How many of these do you have already?
So you’ve been doing some great gigs or you’ve just launched an album that you’re particularly proud of.
If you want to keep building your career, it’s rarely enough to make good music and hope for the best. You need to have a plan for creating news and then spreading it, consistently.
How many of these things do you have in place?
I know it might seem like a lot of work when you see it written down like that!
But the most important thing is to start making some progress, no matter how small.
Assuming you’re planning on a long-term career as a jazz musician, there’s time to work through all these things. So don’t get caught up on creating all that content before you start actually putting yourself out there.
Try this as a very simple starting point: Ask for at least 5 gigs each week.
By email is fine. It seems like a small task, but over the course of a year, that’s 250+ clubs or festivals you’ve connected with…
And, as I said before, if you’d like me to take you through a few of the key concepts on booking gigs for your project, just join the free Jazzfuel mailing list and I’ll start sending!
I hope you see some good results from some of the ideas on this site! If you have any questions or feedback, you’re welcome to get in touch. I reply to all personal emails that I receive.
If you’ve ever taught music, I’m sure (like me) you’ve preached the benefits of ‘little and often’ – it’s same with this.
Taking care of the non-playing side of your career may seem like a massive task but working consistently on the right things, a few minutes every day or so, will make a big difference to what’s going on with your career.