Lots to celebrate today! Not only is it Fat Tuesday (Happy Mardi Gras!!!) but today also marks the 15th anniversary of the original launch of GigMasters!
It's pretty hard to believe but 15 years ago our fearless leaders Mike and Kevin launched GigMasters from a single computer in Mike's apartment. We've come a long way baby and we couldn't have done it without our amazing, loyal performers. So here's to you and here's to 15 amazing years!
Learn more about the GigMasters story in today's Press Release and here's to many more years of gigs!:
Today marks the 15th anniversary of GigMasters.com, the web’s leading entertainment booking service. Launched in early 1997, GigMasters has provided live entertainment for over 150,000 special events – weddings, corporate events, kids’ parties, festivals and more. Today, GigMasters counts 10,000 entertainers as active members – everything from bands and DJs to celebrity impersonators and balloon twisters.
The service was founded by Michael Caldwell and Kevin Kinyon, two lifelong friends and musicians who set out to help their fellow entertainers gain exposure on the web, no easy task in the early days of the Internet. The two plugged away on nights and weekends, building the site’s roster of performers and getting their members booked one gig at a time. After several years and countless late nights, the two aspiring entrepreneurs were able to quit their day jobs and commit themselves to GigMasters full-time.
“I’m most proud of what we’ve been able to do for our performers,” said Caldwell, himself a classically-trained viola player. “As someone who once considered a career in performance, I’ve felt heartened knowing we created a service that helps other performers earn a living doing what they love.”
Headquartered in South Norwalk, CT, GigMasters employs over twenty employees, including web developers, marketers, sales associates and customer specialists.
“It’s amazing for me to look back at how GigMasters started and how far we’ve come,” said Kinyon. “What began as a DIY website has evolved into a full-service booking company with an office of employees ready to help every step of the way. It used to be just Mike and me working out of our apartments and a local Kinko’s.”
Caldwell, Kinyon and company have combined some of the web’s latest technologies with a hands-on approach to entertainment booking. The company prides itself on being both technology-driven and service oriented – providing personal one-on-one service to their members and clients.
How will the company celebrate its anniversary? “By doing what we do every day,” Caldwell explained. “Helping performers get booked and helping people hire amazing entertainment for their events. That plus a ping pong tournament and champagne toast.”
GigMasters is the number one event entertainment booking service, guiding party planners and hosts to the right entertainment for every event. By combining the efficiency of the web with the personal touch of a private event planner, GigMasters has helped facilitate more than 150,000 bookings. With the Internet's largest nationwide database of client-rated entertainers for live music and variety entertainment, GigMasters boasts 10,000 performers including live bands, DJs, wedding musicians, celebrity impersonators, balloon twisters, stand-up comedians, jazz trios, bagpipers, string quartets, soloists and more. The site, founded in 1997 by Kevin Kinyon and Michael Caldwell, attracts over 25,000 daily visits* throughout North America. GigMasters is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, TRUSTe, and is also a DigiCert secured website. For more information, please visit http://www.gigmasters.com.
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