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December 2nd, 2014 | 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 (4)
Intelligence (5)
Extras (5)
Gossip (4)



It is an easy app to use, especially considering the enormous list of functions. IT doesn’t promt you to click ‘save’ or ‘done’ (which you have to do twice sometimes) when uploading data, so you may have to re-do some things at first.



Especially in terms of the set list organizer, this app has thought of every detail that matters to you as a performer.



The song management function is the heart of this app, and the finances and scheduling are icing on the cake. With all three, the functionality of this app is through the roof.



People loved the precursor app “Set List Maker” so much that BandHelper must have seemed like the next step. It is still pretty new, so not a lot of buzz right now.

Musician's Note

This app is great for singers. Especially a singer who 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. 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. Any musician I play with can access all my chord sheets (plus audio clips) instantly, from anywhere. 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.