• When the Recipe Calls for Performers, Look to GigSalad

    POSTED September 10, 2015

If you haven’t heard of GigSalad, you’re missing out on a great resource. GigSalad is a marketplace for event talent and services. GigSalad’s core product is a robust booking platform that makes it easy and convenient for both the buyer and performer to book gigs securely. For the entertainer or service provider, they provide a promotional platform with photos, videos, reviews and booking details. For the event host, they provide a connection to tens of thousands of local entertainers and vendors and make booking safe and easy. Their “customer happiness” team is accessible by phone, email and chat to provide free consultations.

“We take pride in the diversity and breadth of selections existing within the GigSalad marketplace,” says founders Mark Steiner and Steve Tetrault. “We have 584 different categories of performers—from acrobats to zydeco, belly dancers to fire performers and pretty much everything you can imagine (and plenty more that you can’t). Our appreciation for unique variety is a large part of our company culture as well. As a team, we are a mix of musicians, storytellers, event planning experts and creative junkies. Our eclectic group knows that every event host who reaches out to us is planning an occasion that is personal and special, whether that’s a milestone celebration or a weekend gathering. And we know that every entertainer or event professional asking for assistance is counting on GigSalad for their livelihood.”

In Pennsylvania alone, GigSalad has over 2,700 locally based performers and event professionals who have connected with well over 25,000 locals in search of entertainment. Just over the last year, GigSalad received about 40,000 inquiries for Pennsylvania-based events. 

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 


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