It all began about three years ago in a closet….did I say closet. Yes, a closet. As Ben Probus took stock in the magnificent collection of fiddles and thought of how he could further his career and make a living while making his passion come true, Nashville Gig Finder was born.
Ben Probus, founder and owner of Nashville Gig Finder is not only a businessman but he is an extraordinary fiddle player and remarkable business man. He knows first hand the struggles that independent artists and other professionals go through in making a living in the entertainment industry. His goal when first visualizing what he wanted to do with Nashville Gig Finder was to help people just like him find work in the business and pay it forward.
Nashville Gig Finder is an amazing networking tool. Ben offered a few pointers for musicians and other entertainment professionals who sign up on the sight.
- You should always present yourself professionally and truthfully. One member of Nashville Gig Finder reported that in just a one short year he had found over 100 gigs alone from the site.
- Not only will you find opportunity for work but you’ll find so much more. With Nashville Gear Finder you’ll find merchandise such as new and slightly used guitars, drums, keyboards, and various professional services like songwriters, producers, engineers, road crews, stagehands, sound and lighting professionals.
Ben expressed how important it is to maintain the sites and keep them professional. The sites now offer services worldwide and the sites have a membership somewhere in the number of 50,000 all together. All data and information on the site is well protected and secure within a strong database. Competing websites charge a fee for what Nashville Gig Finders and Nashville Gear Finders offers to it’s members for free.
Probus is a professional fiddle player and has been playing since he was a child. He has worked with legends John Anderson, Sammy Keshaw and with the ACM all star band. He has appeared on the Opry, has performed on over 12 major tours with various signed artists and his office is located on Music Row. Currently Ben continues to live full time in his home in Southern KY but drives to Nashville every day to do what he loves, perform country music and to support the independent artists who choose to work in the industry. Ben has appeared in several music videos, he has made appearances on the TV show “Nashville”, and toured with Mark Chesnutt, Band Perry, and Mo Pitney.
Ben has four partners/co-owners in this 3 year project. The co-owners are all musicians and professional artists. Tony Baker is a painter/artist who helped to develop the new mobile app that you can now download which makes it easy to find work or equipment on the go. It’s right at your fingertips. David Lay is a professional drummer, Derek O’Bannnon, drummer, and Roco Savilla, guitar player. Each bringing to the network their own unique talent and input.
For more information on Ben and how you can become part of the Nashville Gig Finder organization please follow the links below: