STEP TWO: 5 BANDS FOR $5
5 Bands for $5 is our way of providing new bands a chance to play The 8x10. It is designed for acts that are currently only drawing 25-50 people. There is no financial way The 8x10 can book a band that draws so few people, even as an opening act. So we built a night where we get 5 bands who can draw 25 people and suddenly the night becomes bookable.
However, the night only works if each band brings the required 25 people. So as incentive, and to keep the bands honest, each band has to buy 25 tickets in advance and resell them.
This is not pay to play. There is no "production cost" or "stage fee." Each band guarantees they can sell 25 tickets. If you can't sell 25 tickets you belong on Open Mic Night.
Tickets are $5. The band gets $4 and The 8x10 gets $1. Bands come in, buy 25 tickets for $1 apiece, or $25 total, and then sell them to their fans for $5. The band makes $100 off those 25 tickets before they ever hit the stage.
5 bands paying $25 equals $125 guaranteed for The 8x10 which covers the cost of the sound and lights for the night. If the bands do that 125 people show up, the bar should ring enough to keep the night profitable and keep the program going.
Quite simply, if you think this is pay to play (which it isn't) and you are against that, don't apply. If you can't sell 25 tickets, don't apply. Honestly, if you can't draw an audience of 25 people, you really shouldn't be on a high horse and making all these judgements about "the music industry" and "greedy club owners" etc, etc, etc.
THE ONLY WAY WE CAN AFFORD TO TAKE A RISK ON YOUR BAND, IS YOU SHARE THE RISK.
IF YOU AREN'T CONFIDENT ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN SELL 25 TIX, WHY SHOULD I BE?
Now, I am sure some bands are still thinking this is some kind of scam, so we are going to pile on. What is the one thing worse than Pay-to-Play (which it's not)? BATTLE OF THE BANDS of course!
We are taking the best parts of a Battle of the Bands and combining them with our 5 Bands for $5 program.
Each night 2 bands will be selected to move on in the program. One band will be selected by bringing the most people. Plain and simple we can't do this without audience members in the venue buying drinks. However to balance that out, the other band will be selected by The 8x10 staff vote. This way the most talented band won't be shut out by the worst band just because the worst band brought 100 people.
After 3 months, the 6 "winners" will play a separate show to determine 2 winners.
After 3 more months, the second 6 "winners" will play a separate show to determine 2 winners.
Two weeks later, those 4 bands get a show to determine the overall winner.
There will be prizes for the winners at various levels like music store gift certificates, gift certificates to The 8x10, bar tabs, etc. The ultimate winner will be awarded an opening slot on a regular show here at The 8x10.
So if you know you can get at least 25 people to come to your shows, 5 Bands for $5 is your entry point into The 8x10.
The 8x10 provides our house drums and bass rig. We also have a Korg SV-1 keyboard. Bring your Kick Pedal, Snare, & Cymbals. And your amp if you absolutely can't play through our house Fender amp modeling amp. We suggest in the early rounds trying to bring as little as possible and in the later rounds bringing your rig.