The Americana Music Association has launched The Americana Tour Blueprint, an initiative to improve and promote touring opportunities for Americana artists. An inaugural tour featuring Caitlin Canty and Oshima Brothers will begin on Jan 4th.
The Americana Tour Blueprint was created by the Americana Music Association with help from Mark Lourie of the Skyline Artists Agency to provide up-to-date information in the form of a map for its artist members to book a tour of Americana-friendly venues along a route. Included is information about the appropriate local radio stations, record stores and publications to market their shows.
At launch, the map lists almost 100 markets located slightly beyond the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, with plans to expand nationwide to serve as the ultimate guide for Americana artists to connect and engage with hundreds of markets across the country.
In addition to having venues listed that book Americana music acts, many of the venue managers and owners have agreed to actively participate in the initiative by accepting private submissions for booking consideration from the Americana Music Association’s almost 1,500 artist members.
“We are incredibly excited about this new initiative and thrilled that Caitlin Canty is the first artist to be a part,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “The Tour Blueprint will serve as an invaluable resource for artists in our community who are constantly seeking opportunities to cultivate their audiences and turn them into fans. This tool is a direct reflection of that drive, and we hope that these musicians can use this to help propel their careers forward as they take their music out on the road.”
"I only wish something like this existed when I was starting out as a DIY touring musician," added Canty. "It took me a long time to find the right venues and stations for my music and cultivate those relationships. This Americana Tour Blueprint is a great tool to help musicians who are just starting to tour, and to bring more clarity and direction to any artist on the road. It's a smart roadmap for anyone looking for venues or radio stations friendly to Americana music."
Skyline Artists Agency's Mark Lourie provided guidance on the creation of this artist resource. "I'm so pleased to have played a role in helping develop the Americana Tour Blueprint," said Lourie. "While certainly an incredible resource for independent artists who may not have yet found professional management or agency representation, it's also a great asset for those professionals to find in one location, the range of radio, media and other support services available to help support an artist's tour or release."
To celebrate the launch of the Americana Tour Blueprint, the association will be presenting a 13-city tour featuring Canty and Oshima Brothers that will begin on January 4 in New York City, NY.
(See below for a full list of dates.)
Tickets for the shows are on sale now and available for purchase at www.caitlincanty.com. Members of the Americana Music Association will receive a special discount code to purchase tickets via the email address associated with their membership account on November 1.
January 4: New York City, NY - Rockwood Music Hall January 5: Cooperstown, NY - Cooperstown Concert Series at The Otesaga Resort Hotel* January 6: Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena January 8: Boston, MA - City Winery** January 10: Philadelphia, PA - The Locks at Sona January 11: Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java January 12: Charlottesville, VA - Southern Cafe January 13: Roanoke, VA - The Spot on Kirk January 15: Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse January 16: Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall January 17: Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic January 18: Chattanooga, TN - Songbirds North Stage January 19: Nashville, TN - Analog at The Hutton Hotel
The Americana Tour Blueprint is one of many resources provided to members of the association. With an annual membership beginning at just $35 for artists and $75 for industry professionals, one also receives access to a directory of around 3,000 members worldwide, comprehensive how-to guides for music business professionals and artists, exclusive discounts, benefits and more opportunities. To learn more about memberships or to join, please click here.
For more information or to join, visit www.americanamusic.org.
For music venues inquiring on how to participate in the Americana Tour Blueprint and begin accepting submissions from artist members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.