Why book yourself? Major booking agencies rarely accept bands that don’t have any sort of tour presence or tour experience. There was a time agencies accepted the responsibility of building bands by combining booking tactics with management and A&R skills. Now, agencies look for bands who show initiative and talent in booking tour calendars for themselves. Bands who understand the booking ropes bring a database and contacts to a major agency. A band’s database combined with an agency database equals a lot of potential gigs.