List of Online Gigs Marketplaces for Booking Entertainers and Artists

    8th Nov 2018
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    Introduction

    With the origin of online gigs marketplace, artists and event planners can find each other easily. These marketplaces wipe out numerous difficulties involved in a conventional event booking process. Online gigs marketplace proved to be business friendly for both event planners and entertainers.

    As the overall gig economy is rising, it is a profitable idea to start online marketplace for performers. But before starting a new business, it’s important to analyze competitors.

    So without further ado, we present a list of most profitable gigs booking marketplaces that are dominating the gig industry.

    GigSalad


    Founded: 2007

    Founders: Mark Steiner (CEO) & Steve Tetrault (President)

    Operates in: USA & Canada

    Estimated annual revenue: $7.3 million

    GigSalad is a listing platform where performers can connect with event planners easily.

    ·  The cost for featuring performers depends upon three categories:

    “Basic” listing  (low visibility)

    Free

    “Pro” listing (high visibility)

    $30/month

    “Featured” listing (highest visibility)

    $40/month

    • In the free listing, performers are allowed for inclusion in up two categories with a display of 3 photos.
    • In Pro listing, performers can enjoy benefits of high visibility and inclusion in up to 15 categories. Further, they can upload 50 photos, audio, video, and link to their website.
    • A featured listing offers the highest visibility with inclusion in up to 20 categories. A performer can upload 100 high-resolution photos, video, audio and link to their website.
    • Every month GigSalad award “Top Performer” status to the performer who got booked the highest number of times and has positive reviews.

    GigMasters


    Founded: 1997

    Founders: Michael Caldwell (CEO) & Kevin Kenyon (President)

    Operates in: USA & Canada

    Estimated annual revenue: $47 million

    Event planners can hire top-rated musicians, bands, photographers, DJs, etc.

    • In 2013, about half of the GigMasters’s booking was wedding-related.
    • In 2014, Inc. Magazine featured GigMasters as one of the nation’s 5000 fastest growing companies.
    • Here’s the cost structure for featuring performers:

    Basic

    Distance up to 100 miles (can feature in 6 categories)

    $269 for 12 months

    Pro

    Distance up to 500 miles (can feature in 12 categories)

    $379 for 12 months

    Gold

    U.S. + Canada (can feature in 18 categories)

    $499 for 12 months

    • The revenue stream of GigMasters: Memberships and commissions.

    Gigmor


    Founder: David Baird

    Operates in: More than 30 countries

    Estimated annual revenue: $7.5 million

    On this music marketplace, event planners can easily hire musicians and bands.

    • In the section named “Avail”, musicians and bands can describe the kind of gigs and opportunities they are looking for.
    • The famous American singing competition television series, America Idol has partnered with Gigmor this year.
    • The USP of Gigmor is that artists can feature themselves without any fee.
    • David Baird, who is the founder of Gigmor has also released a novel named, “Living Inside My Head”. It is based on struggles of a rock band called The Dregs.

    Gigstart


    Founders: Atit Jain & Madhulika Pandey

    Operates in: India

    Estimated annual revenue: $4.4 million

    It is a marketplace that connects party planners with entertainers (dancer, magician, musician, clowns, anchor, fire jugglers, etc).

    • The registration is free for all entertainers.
    • The company charges a nominal 10% convenience fee for every successful booking.
    • Gigstart is currently operating in more than 120 cities in India.
    • Co-founder Madhulika is also an Indian classical singer.

    Gigstarter


    Founder: Donal Scannell

    Operates in: United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, and Belgium.

    Estimated annual revenue: $4.4 million

    On Gigstarter, there is a wide range of bands, DJs, and musicians. Party planners can choose according to their choice and at the best prices.

    • Gigstarter runs its operations in 8 different countries with a separate website of each. Further, the language of the website depends upon the country where it is operating.
    • Here’s the pricing plan for featuring performers:

    Basic profile

    For local gigs

    Free

    Pro artist

    For more gigs

    €9.99/month

    Pro+ artist

    For international gigs

    €14.95/month

    • Till now more than 800 artists (from cover bands to classical ensembles) are featured on Gigstarter.
    • Gigstarter generates more than 10,000 booking requests a year.

    EVAmore


    Founded: 2015

    Founders: Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel

    Operates in: USA

    EVAmore, an online platform automates the process of booking entertainers for events.

    • EVAmore is the first platform to provide algorithm-based matching.
    • The company first evaluates musicians who apply to join the platform before allowing them to sign up.
    • Event planners can create free listings which include location, time, budget, and genres of music.
    • The company collects 10% commission from the musician’s payment and an additional 10% fee from the host.

    Conclusion

    It is the need of the hour to have a platform which is totally dedicated to search and hire entertainers. The current market scenario clearly depicts that this business model has huge potential. So, if you want to start gigs marketplace for booking performers, you need a reliable solution to build it.

    Currently, there are a number of readymade solutions in the market but the one that has gained huge acclaimed over the years is VivoGigs.

    It is a system that many business owners are using to start gigs marketplace similar to EvaMore, Gigstart, Gigmor, and GigMasters.

    The system comes with features such as social media integration, review and ratings, inbuilt messaging system and location mapping.

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