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My husband, two cousins and a friend have been practicing in my basement for about two years (whee for me! lol). They have played quite a few open mics with good response. A few local bands have invited them to be openers and the bar where they do open mic has offered them a spot on a bill.
Heres the problem: My husband is the lead singer and is super type A so he has been doing most of the 'managing.' With his full time job, he'd rather spend his free time writing songs rather than doing all the coordinating of practice time, shows, etc. All the other guys are kind of fly by the seat of their pants type characters with no interest in being in charge. My husband asked me if I wanted to take over that kind of stuff--including possibly putting together a promo package and everything else that will come down the road (merch, etc.). I'm 99% sure the other members would approve.
My question is what are the biggest factors I need to think about? How to network? How to deal with a band that is mostly family? I am intrigued by the opportunity but have some reservations. Any advice you have for me would've greatly appreciated!