Musicians On The Road: Finding Rehearsal Spaces With Open Studio

WWhile being on a vacation in Poland this week, I asked myself a question that had never really worried me before. Since the trip was kind of spontaneous, I didn’t prepare the blog for my absence too well (ok, I was awful at it, leaving you with no posts for the whole week). Plus, despite the initial assumptions, even checking email during the trip was a challenge. And the question? The question was how difficult is it for musicians to make and manage music while living a traveler’s lifestyle, if sometimes it can be a problem to simply find time to work on a laptop?

And I don’t mean musicians on tour – it’s more about people changing their location, moving between cities and even countries. While it’s generally obvious how to prepare for a long travel if you are a freelance writer or run a small online business (after a brief check I’ve found that there is a myriad of great resources for that, e.g. Location Independent or Free Pursuits), musicians might need access to not so evident things – like a recording studio.

And here I remembered the site that had been pitched to me few months ago, called Open Studio. Sounds like an appropriate deal, so let’s take a look at it.

Connecting Musicians And Rehearsal Spaces

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Rand Rognlien, Chief Musician’s Advocate at Music Nomad noticed that twenty percent of musicians utilizing the encyclopedic information at his site were looking for studio space. Inquiries were said to be from touring professionals and garage bands alike.

“We have over 250 studios listed on our site.” remarked Rognlien. “And we’ve researched every one to make sure it’s a legitimate business. Many studios are listed on sites like craigslist, but we’re the only site that goes the extra step to insure our musicians are dealing with reputable companies.”

And so he launched Open Studio, “allowing to hourly and monthly rehearsal studios to list their available rooms, and musicians to find available studios in their area using their zip code or city.”

If you’re a space owner, you can set up a profile of your studio and any room you have available. You can set up additional room profiles, and when a room becomes available, visit your profile page, check “Available,” and anyone coming to the site can now see your listing.

Promised to be added soon is a waiting list of musicians in any area that are looking for available monthly rooms.

If you are a musician, just enter your location and sort available studios by distance.

What might be not so attractive for bands and musicians at this point is that the site lacks what it is supposed to have – a large list of available studios (there are 25 listed when this post is being written). It might be due to very recent launch of the start-up (it’s still in the beta mode), so if you own a studio – be sure to add it to the directory.

What Open Studio also needs to become a true creative nomad’s assistant is support of more countries, though I’m not sure if this exists in the founders’ plans.

But if you need a rehearsal space in the US or own one – check out the site and let me know your thoughts.

Do you know any other services created specifically for musicians living a life of a traveler? Any tips? Share them in the comments!