Canada’s Side Door Access takes another step towards being the touring indie artist’s best friend

Side Door Access, the innovative DIY booking platform for indie artists, has taken another step to make things a little easier. The site, founded by Dan Mangan (a guy who has seen these struggles firsthand) books small, intimate gigs at interesting places like breweries, restaurants, art galleries, coffeehouses, vineyards, and even private homes and does a spectacular job. I myself have used Side Door to book at least 30 speaking gigs across the country and I’ve never had a problem. That team has my highest endorsement.

Side Door is now offering a $200 stipend to help with the rising costs of being on the road these days. That may not sound like much, but it could mean the difference between filling the van with gas for the next leg of the tour and being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Or if the artist takes that $200 and invests it in merch, they can multiply that into something much greater.

There are some stipulations, of course. “On the Road with Side Door’” payments can go to artists with showcases booked at Folk Alliance International (FAI) in Kansas City or the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festival in Austin. Playing ticketed Side Door shows between January and March 2023 also counts. And yes, this $200 is in addition to the net ticket revenue split from each show.

Sound good? Apply here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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