17hats vs. Band Pencil

The best 17hats alternative

Band Pencil is the best 17hats alternative for people working in the music and entertainment industry. We simplify your event management and we're packed with features to help you to be as efficient as possible.


Our customers love us

We're used by some of the best music and entertainment companies worldwide.

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Brass House Entertainment • London, UK

" Band Pencil covers every aspect of booking an event from client contracts to musician management. They have thought of everything needed to help the booking process run smoothly. Game changer! "

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MIB Band • UK

" Band Pencil has been revolutionary to our management! I love how easy the booking system is for sending contracts and invoices, and the online portal for both clients and musicians - I know all our musicians are loving it too. "

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Band Pencil is thoughtfully designed for the purpose of performing music at events. I have always had to adapt other CRMs to try to meet this need, but Band Pencil is the best by far.

Benjamin T Warner Events

Why choose Band Pencil over 17hats?

Though 17hats offers a large array of features, but Band Pencil has all the features to help you manage every aspect of your events, members and clients.

Features you need

We’re focused on providing the entertainment industry with an easy-to-use platform that helps you do your job better.

Scales with you

Band Pencil is built for growing businesses. Band Pencil is a professional software without the high costs.

Built for you

17hats is built for all business, Band Pencil is specifically built for music and entertainment business.

Powerful event management that has all the features you need

We help organise every aspect of a gig, including contract creation, invoicing and payment, file management, managing members and tracking financials.

  • There's no limit to the amount of events you can manage
  • You can manage the people you perform with
  • We offer fair and simple pricing
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How Band Pencil is better suited for you

We’ve designed Band Pencil to give you everything you need and nothing you don’t. You’ll be backed by our simple and powerful tool to grow your business.

Band Pencil 17hats
Manage gigs online
Collect availability from people you work with

Member Management
Manage your performers
Accept invoices from your performers
Accept contracts between you and your performers
Easy to access Member Portal for your performers to view the gig info
Build your band line-up

Client Management
Client Portal
Ability to invoice your clients
Ability to send contracts to your clients
Accept online payments
Schedule emails

Songs & Setlists
Song library
Build setlists
Auto setlist duration calculator
Setlist Live Viewer for viewing on gigs

Business Management
Detailed financial reports
Form builder to collect responses
Detailed lead capture form
Auto book members based off availability response
Detailed lead capture form
Comparison as of July 2023

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Ready to make the switch but feel stuck? We have built a easy to use import function so you can import your members, clients, events and songs in seconds.

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A better experience for your members, musicians, crews and clients
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