It's their job to book tours, negotiate fees and get the best billing for their acts. A booking agent may get involved with an unsigned act, with an eye to developing them and helping them get bigger shows but it's more common for an unsigned act to own book their own gigs.
A booking agent takes requests, negotiates the fee, sorts out your travel, sorts out your hotel, then sends you an itinerary of exactly where you're going and how to get there. So basically, you just get your music and get on the train, and don't have to worry about all that.
In part two of The Long Report, Jen Long from BBC Introducing in Wales found out more about the role of the booking agent. She spoke to Chris Myhill from The Agency Group, got loads of stellar advice from the likes of The Blackout, Bright Light Bright Light, Kids in Glass Houses and Pulled Apart By Horses, and got tips on booking your own shows:
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