Bandize is a do it yourself set of tools to help bands manage themselves and expand into a serious career. One of the biggest problems some bands experience is getting organized enough to be taken seriously and get their act off the ground. Bandize has put together an easy to use collection of tools that allow users to manage gigs, send and receive messages, manage band finances and merchandising, and more. Users can book tours of varying lengths and come up with a schedule, make plans for lodging, and more. By staying on top of things, the band will be able to impress those on the business side of things while getting out in front of fans and increasing their chances of finally making it big.
Bandize was created in December of 2007 by Ajit D’Sa, Beamer Wilkins, and Andy Miles. The site is currently based in Austin, Texas and San Jose, California. The three founders had personal experience with the music industry, being musicians and entrepreneurs. They sought to create an online tool that helped bands organize themselves better, right down to the fine details.
Organizing a band like a pro is not easy. However, when a new act is starting out they most likely do not have the resources to hire a professional nor the backing to have an agent do it all for them. Bandize helps them out during the early stages of their career. Users can manage their band on their own, scheduling tours and making plans while handling finances. This control helps them guide their career and increases their chances for success.
The Bandize websites features a stylish, professional design with a wide, black header and white background. A banner of band management related tools is pictured, containing guitars, drumsticks, money, maps, check lists, and financial records. It helps depict the purpose of the site: to help bands gain control over all aspects of their musical career. The tools are simple to use. Band members can send messages or update tour information quickly and easily through Bandize.
Bands can register for Bandize by clicking on the gold “Sign up for a 30 day free trial!” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. This takes the user to the registration form, which requires a username, real name, email address, password, time zone, band name, and preferred currency. After entering the information and clicking the black “Create Account” button, the user is taken to the dashboard and can begin managing their band resources and information.
All new users are given a free thirty day trial of Bandize. Credit card information is not required to register. After the thirty day trial is up, the user is asked to enter billing information. The site charges around $15 per month for access to all features. This is the only membership plan currently available, which works pretty well. The price is affordable, even for a brand new band just starting out. Users can log in as often as they like and pay the same price.
Bandize is intended for anyone who is in a band. The site is geared towards new and lesser known bands that want to work their way up the music industry ladder. The site supplies the tools necessary to organize schedules and help bands take their career seriously while impressing those they work with.