I am in a band and would like to be on the Music Garden roster. What is the procedure for submitting material?
The Music Garden is very selective when adding bands to the company roster. We don't take selecting our bands lightly. The first step is to submit a song list, picture, bio, references and audio or video to us. Then we will take a look at the material. If it looks like something we are interested in, we will come see the band live. If at that point we are interested, we will want to meet with the band to go over details. Note that although the band must be very good live, it is as equally important that the band is extremely professional.
My venue just asked me for proof of insurance for my band. Do your bands have coverage?
Yes. If your venue needs proof of insurance or paperwork with band and venue as additional covered, please let us know that when you book the band. It can be provided to you.
Who should I contact with the Music Garden?
If you already know a Music Garden representative, call or email them. Relationships come first for us. Otherwise contact us at and we will have your local agent call or email you.
Do all bands have to have a stage? If so, how large?
It is better for you to have a stage, but not required in most cases. Depending on the size of the band, stages can run from 12 x 16 to 20 x 24 unless it is a big band or national act in which case it would most likely need to be larger.
Will bands leaders make announcements for us?
Yes, Most bands will announce wedding parties, anniversaries, cake cuttings, bouquet toss, etc.
Will bands learn requested songs?
For wedding receptions, most bands will learn a song or two if the requested song(s) will work for the vocalist.
Do bands play iPods on the breaks? Can we play our own iPods on the breaks?
Yes and yes!
How long are the band's sets?
Most bands play a 4 hour span of music with 2 breaks. Set times can be customized in most cases.
Why should I use Music Garden to book a band?
Although Music Garden has a roster of exclusive bands, we are focused on you (the client) first. Approximately 85 % of our business comes from repeat buyers or referrals. We achieve that by giving attention to every detail to make your event successful.
How much does a band cost and how can I get the best deal?
Music Garden works with hundreds of bands and artists that range in price from $850 (some djs/local acoustic) to $100,000 (national headliners for festivals and concerts). Bands that play for private parties and weddings generally run between $2500 to $15000. The average high end dance and show band costs $3500 to $15,000.
When should I book my band? How far in advance?
If you have a venue lined up and know which band you want, book them right away. Keep in mind that we represent the top bands and entertainers and they are in demand. We book a lot of the bands over a year in advance.
How do I book a band through Music Garden?
Your Music Garden representative (agent) will ask you some questions about your event. What type of event is it? What type of audience will be there? What is your approximate band budget? Etc.. Based on your answers, the agent will provide you with a band or several bands that should work for your event. He would then try to provide you with the information you would need to make a decision to book a band. The agent will then negotiate the lowest price possible. If you agree to that price, Music Garden will issue you a contract.