The band I started last December got a few gigs under our belt, then I broke some bones in August & had to cancel a few gigs, now we're going to be replacing the singer who also the PA owner. We have leads on a couple replacement singers, with gear, which is great. All that aside, I've booked some of the gigs, but don't care for it a lot. This recent thread about booking yourself got me thinking about it more. https://www.tdpri.com/threads/what-...cing-booking-gigs-for-your-band.983218/page-4 My thought is to continue land the venues I can but also get an agent to handle outdoor/other events I wouldn't run normally across or have the connection to get. My question is, how many of you have some written understanding ahead of time, vs handshake agreement. It seems some bar owners have a very standard way they treat everyone while others are more loose which could lend itself to misunderstandings. If you have a written agreement, do you use email, messenger, paper... What's your normal process and what are some anomalies. Primary concerns between and venue I can think of that everyone should understand are: arrival/setup time, soundcheck time, length of set(s), pay, and are drinks included What else am I missing? If we can keep it to recent experience, say the past 10 years, it might be helpful.