I wanted to write to let you know we announced today that Pare Booking has agreed to merge with Special Guest. With complimentary talent buying networks and similar cultures, focused on helping talent find and book great opportunities, the joining of the two companies will not only create a stronger and more competitive company, it will also create a leading talent experience for you, significantly expanding your performing opportunities across a larger network of venues in North America. We are also merging all of our venues that we are currently booking for and will be adding more venues in the coming months.
Founded in 2016, Special Guest has had an exciting and accelerated start. In the Spring, they were featured on Apple TV’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ show, where co-founders Damon Wayans, Jr. & Kris Jones pitched the company to a panel of celebrities and investors. Founder of the Black Eyed Peas - Wil.i.am, is one of the advisors, and investors include Apple, comedians Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans, and Jake Johnson, as well as Silicon Valley-based Lightspeed Venture Partners and Precursor Ventures.
Nearly three years ago, I set out to build an app that would help artists book shows with ease from the ground up. This wasn’t an easy task, but I’m very proud of the service, the app that we built, and the opportunities it created for artists around the country. By joining forces with Special Guest – a company that is focused on finding great talent, and helping them find more gigs – we are creating the best talent platform in North America and one with the size and market share necessary to compete in this consolidated environment.
This transition, which will take effect January 1st, should be painless for existing users. Special Guest is a FREE platform for all talent. All current Pare Booking subscriptions will be terminated and someone from the Special Guest team will be in touch with you to help create your Special Guest profile.
Thank you for all of your support over the years – we look forward to helping you grow your career in the future.
Founder, Pare Booking