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Shannon Curtis,
Shannon is a maker of music, writer, performer, storyteller and mentor. Since 2011 she has done close to 250 house concerts and she's been constantly evolving her approaches and techniques for how to create the best possible concert experience. She guides others toward sustainable and thriving community-driven-and-supported careers in independent art, like in her best-selling book, "No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K on a 2-Month House Concert Tour, And How You Can, Too.”
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Shannon Curtis

1 year ago

Here is a list of ways that I have minimized expenses while on tour:

  • Ask friends or supporters if you can sleep in a guest bedroom, instead of renting a hotel room.
  • Tour in a fuel-efficient vehicle. If you can fit your gear in a car instead of a van, you will save a lot of money on fuel. We purchased a diesel station wagon a couple of years ago to replace a gasoline sedan we’d toured in previously, and we’re saving approximately $2,000 each year on fuel while on tour.
  • Plan a tour as a co-bill with another musician. You may see a reduction in the earnings you make per show, but this is a way to halve your travel expenses.
  • Pack non-perishable snacks in your tour vehicle that can serve as alternatives to expensive and unhealthy gas station food on travel days.
  • Keep all of your receipts from tour and use them as tax write-offs. (This is applicable in the United State — I’m not certain how the tax laws in other countries apply to this point.)
  • At the end of every tour, categorize and add up all of your expenses. You will see what you spent your money on, and it will help you learn how you can be more efficient the next time you tour.
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