17hats vs. Band Pencil

The best 17hats alternative

Band Pencil has been purpose-built to simplify your event and band management and is packed with features that help to make your management and event organisation as efficient as possible.

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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, they don't quite have all the features entertainment businesses need to manage every aspect of their 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.

Simple set up

Just getting 17hats has to start with a demo. With Band Pencil, you can get set up in minutes and be a power user in a day.

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
  • We offer fair and simple pricing
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How Band Pencil is better suited for you

We’re an event management software built by musicians for the entertainment industry. With our particular background and expertise, 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 members

Member Management
Unlimited members
Accept invoices from your members
Accept contracts between you and your members
Easy to access Member Portal
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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