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August 9th, 2015 | by

app review: Band Helper


What it Does

An online service with a companion app for managing all your band’s music, events and finances.

The Bottom Line

If you want to be more organized and efficient with your musical life, this app could be a game-changer for you.

Ease (3)
Intelligence (5)
Extras (5)
Gossip (4)



The app doesn’t remind you to click ‘save’ or ‘done’ (which you have to do twice sometimes), which means it is easy to accidentally lose your changes. Also, uploading chord sheets is fiddly.



This app lets you organize every detail that matters to you as a performer - especially with the set list organizer.



The song management function is the heart of this app, and the finances and scheduling are icing on the cake. A heck of a lot of functionality in one package.



People loved the precursor app “Set List Maker” so much that BandHelper must have seemed like the next step. Users say the app is a must for band leaders.

Musician's Note

This app is great for singers. Especially a singer who tends to be the one pulling a band together and doing the organizing. I keep a binder of my own chord sheets in the keys I like, but having enough copies for everyone can be a problem. All I have to do is add people to my account, then any musician I play with can access all my chord sheets (plus audio clips) instantly, from anywhere, on any device.
I find uploading chord sheets on to the app to be a bit annoying and sometimes certain chord sheets don’t display properly. But it generally works fine, and let me tell you, it is worth taking the time to upload all your song data into this app – especially if you tend to function better and have more fun when things are well organized.
I just started with one set list at a time and over a couple of weeks, I had dozens of chord sheets (and audio clips) saved. If I get asked to play for a dance, I can search for “upbeat” and create an instant set list. Or I can search for songs in the same key if I want to make a medley.
The app will let you track your band’s expenses, calculate pay-outs and keep track of finances over time. The financial tools helped me make sure I got paid back for an expensive tambourine I bought for my band. This is the kind of thing that would normally get forgotten in my hectic life!
If you are a one-person show, or if you just like keeping stuff to yourself, then Set List Maker, which is practically the same app minus the finance and scheduling tools may be preferable since it is free and doesn’t require an account anywhere.
My inexpensive Samsung tablet does not have the most amazing display, so it’s not perfect for easily reading my chord sheets, but it works well enough.