12 tools you’ll need to shoot in 2022

As we perhaps reach that light at the end of the tunnel and settle into our new normal, we have to go through new procedures. Here’s what you need to know.

A guest post by ANGELA MASTROGIACOMO by Soundfly.

We’re back, baby!

And by “return” I mean: “according to the rules and procedures of your state, city and location, whether or not we see another variant outbreak, and according to your personal comfort and that of your fans” (Yada yada yada).

It would be naive to think that touring in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t a little different than it was before, but the truth is that touring East happens again, and if you’re planning on hitting the road this year, you’ll want to spend some extra time planning to accommodate. (It’s not that booking shows isn’t hard enough already…)

We’ve compiled a list of 12 handy resources for artists looking to tour in 2022, including apps, websites and information on everything from government restrictions to making your tour as easy and profitable as possible. Let’s start!

COVID-19 Resources

1. Check Covid restrictions by state

Not an app, but an extremely useful website that lets you check each state’s individual requirements as they change in real time. Depending on the locations you are researching, you can check state and local activity, including mask mandate, vaccine mandate, indoor restrictions, and more.

2. List of COVID-19 contact tracing apps

Contact tracing apps are extremely useful for knowing if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, as well as alerting others if you have. While most states have their own version of the app, there isn’t a universal one, which means if you’re going state to state, it’s worth activating a few- one. You can find a list on this Wikipedia page.

iPhone users can also go to settings and search for “Exposure Notifications” to enable alerts for different states they expect to be in.

3. Proof of vaccination status

Depending on where you’re going – and certainly if you plan to cross international borders – you’ll probably need to show proof of vaccination at some point, meaning you’ll either need to carry your vaccination card (perhaps not a good idea as you don’t want to lose that!) or just have a trusted app that stores that data. As with the above, each varies by state/country, but you can probably find yours on the site above.

+ Learn more about Flypaper: “Tips for saving money while eating healthy on tour.”

Touring apps and resources

Now that we’ve got you covered on the health and safety side, here are some resources that can make touring even smoother!

1. GigTown

Imagine if you could subject your band to gigs, open mics, and upcoming opportunities while you’re on tour (or ideally before). Gigtown allows you to do just that while building local connections and new fans on the go. You can also add your upcoming shows in addition to browsing and submitting to open gigs.

2. Set list

Setlistory is one of those apps you don’t realize you need until you really start using it night after night and loving it. In it, you can design and expand your playlists, take notes on each song and ensemble to see which song combinations work best, print or share playlists with band members so everyone everyone has a copy, and you can also archive them. The archival element is so important because after a long tour it can be hard to remember what worked and what didn’t from one night to the next.


Think a little outside the box here. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to project management tools, but Asana is one of the best we’ve found for several reasons.

First of all, it’s free. Second, you can view assigned tasks in a list or board view, which means depending on how you like to have a visual presentation of your booking or view a list of prep tasks, there’s an option for you. . Third, you can assign due dates to yourself or team members (a.k.a: group mates).

This way you never miss a deadline like… getting your merchandise done on time or posting regularly on your social media (more on that below).

4. Artist Growth

You know how they always say your music is a business, and it should be treated as such? Artist Growth helps you do just that by giving you a platform to manage schedules, events, and all the (often overly complicated) touring logistics. You can track your guest lists from city to city, the ebb and flow of finances, and even connect team members to the app so you’re all on the same page. on what is happening.

5. Indie on the move

A timeless resource for touring musicians, Indie on the Move has helped tens of thousands of musicians organize their own tours by providing contact details for venues, booking agents, freelance artists and more. It’s a must for anyone looking to organize their own visit, and their blog is a great place to get tips and tricks.

6. MerchCat

If you sell goods on the road, you need this application. This will help you keep track of all your sales and inventory (goodbye to the days of trying to figure out how many albums fit in that mystery box you take with you everywhere you go). You can even see what’s selling with smart analytics and even integrate it with other apps like Bandsintown.

Did we mention it also helps with payment processing? I mean, who even carries more cash?

7. Overview

Who wants to think about scheduling social media posts while you’re trying to set up and air a show? Using an app like Preview means you can schedule all of your stream posts or even prepare Reels for release ahead of time so you can focus on watching the show and posting awesome behind-the-scenes content on real-time stories. (Or, plan that too!)

8. DIY Tour Posts

This Facebook group is filled with independent artists looking to perform and host artists in their city. If you are looking to fill a last minute appointment or if you do not know a certain city, this is your appointment.

For more useful Facebook groups for musicians, check out our full article here.

9. Sound flight!

Take your music on the road with our in-depth guide to the ins and outs of booking and planning DIY tours. For tips, strategies and resources to help you get on tour fasterand more intelligentcheck out Soundfly’s popular free course, Turn at low cost.

Here is a video of the course called “How to track your visit”.

Angela Mastrogiacomo is the founder of Muddy Paw PR, where her artists have been placed on Alternative Press, Spotify, Noisey, Substream, and more, as well as the Community and Events Director for Music Launch Co. Her free training ‘Reaching a Wider Audience Without Spending A Dime’ helps emerging artists stand out and get noticed by fans and industry influencers in just a few steps. She loves baking, a good book, and hanging out with her dog Sawyer.

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