Beginning in New York City, with plans to expand throughout North America, Venuology.com enables bands to anonymously review a venue based on their experience playing there.
If a club cancels at the last minute or doesn’t pay well, groups now have a safe way to warn others of the issue. Similarly, good venues are lauded for their fair treatment of musicians and relationship with the community.
Musicians can also note myriad facts about the venue — is there a sound system? Was the audio engineer good? Is there a drumset at the venue? Is there room for dancing?
Books and websites such as the Indie Venue Bible and SonicBids.com offer musicians lists of venues, club details and help in booking gigs, but Venuology incorporates an often-overlooked component — fairness. Similar to websites Amazon.com and Yelp!, as musicians add reviews, clubs develop a written history that any observer can use to evaluate a venue.
Venuology is free and open to all musicians.