Extend Your Lead Time
Whether you're planning a benefit concert, showcasing a musician friend or bringing a bunch of bands to the campus quad, you'll find out quickly that hosting a music event can get complicated.
Arranging for the actual music is often the simplest part of the plan. You may need to get into promotion, equipment rental and venue research. You might discover a scheduling conflict deep into your well-laid plans and have to move the date -- and promote all over again. It could turn out you got the wrong permit and have to start navigating the local red tape all over again.
So give yourself more time than you think you need. For a small, casual event in your own home, a few weeks lead time might suffice; but for larger events, you'll probably need months. It's not always easy to get everything lined up just right.
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