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Music Event Networking Service

Published 07/14/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

SonicBids has created an interactive marketplace for promoters and musicians to get together and make things happen. From the musician side of the site, gig listings submitted by promoters and licensors can be reviewed. Promoters, on the other hand, can look for independent musicians that can help them expand their market and reach out to a wide audience of music-lovers. SonicBids has created a single location for bands and promoters to meet up and discuss the possibilities.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Panos, the founder of SonicBids, arrived in America in 1991 to take up residence at Berklee College of Music. Believing his skills as a musician would not be enough, Panos decided to acquire a degree in Music Business. This later turned into an internship at a talent agency in Boston. As his career developed, Panos found himself working as an agent for many big named musicians. Every week brought with it an enormous amount of work. Through this experience, the concept for SonicBids was born.

What are the differences to other apps?

SonicBids is different in the way it caters to both sides of the equation. Through services offered on the site, bands can list themselves as available while promoters can share information about gigs. The tools found on SonicBids takes a lot of legwork out of the task of finding a gig or looking for new talent. Not only does this give musicians the chance to get their music out there, but it also helps improve the ability of an agent to find the right type of musician.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

SonicBids is intended for both music and business, and the site design is a testament to that. The easy to decipher layout makes navigation simple. The text is easy to read with enough graphics and images to be eye catching. However, the site is far from plain. Bold blue and red highlights the important navigation tools and creates an inspiring atmosphere for unique individuals. The site could easily attract both business-minded promoters as well as artists who live for the music they make.

How does the registration process work?

To register for SonicBids, users can begin right on the homepage. Under the red “get started here” header, the site asks for a band name and email address. After clicking the sign up button, new users are prompted to check their email. Once the validation link has been clicked, the user is taken to the registration page. SonicBids asks for a username, password, primary and secondary genres, first and last name, address, country, postal code, phone number, and date of birth. Three check boxes at the bottom of the registration page allow users to opt out of receiving the SonicBid newsletter, tips and tricks, and third party promotions.

What does it cost to use the application?

SonicBids offers a temporary free trial. After that, users must choose from two membership levels. The lower of the two, named the standard membership, includes a bio, discography, photo gallery with one high resolution photo, gig calendar, press clippings, set list, performance requirements, and up to 5 audio track uploads. The standard account costs around $6 a month, or about $50 per year. The Supersonic membership runs about $11 a month or $100 per year and upgrades to 5 high resolution photos, 10 song uploads, 2 HD streaming videos, enhanced hits tracker, dynamic stage plot, premium customer service, exclusive gig access, special discounts, and a featured SonicBids listing.

Who would you recommend the application to?

The up and coming musician can really utilize the tools offered through SonicBids. Here, lesser knowns are given the chance to show what they can do and reach out to those on the business end. Promoters can also enjoy what SonicBids has to offer through the time saving tools and musicians brought to the site.

  • A SonicBids profile that can be seen by those in the industry
  • A higher level of manageability through gig calendars and hits trackers
  • More media options to show both music and personality
  • Tools that can help promoters narrow down potential music recruits
  • Two affordable membership options

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