Mudcat Café message #143337 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15779   Message #143337
Posted By: Nathan in Texas
01-Dec-99 - 04:51 PM
Thread Name: When should you be paid for performing?
Subject: RE: When should you be paid for performing?
When you perform for free, you are actually making a donation, to the venue at which you're playing. The amount you're donating is equal to the amount that someone who would pay to hear the type of music you play played at your level of expertise. You can make the donation deliberately, as we did when we recently donated a performance to the Habitat for Humanity auction. In that case the money went to a worthy cause. When you play for free at a coffeehouse, for instance, you're actually making a contribution to keep the place open. We've played for free at nursing homes [figuring the donation is to the residents], but now when we're asked, we ask if they have an entertainment budget [realizing, that, otherwise, we're also making a dontation to the corporation that owns the nursing home]. Often we do get paid, but not unless we ask.

You're good enough to get paid when someone's willing to pay to have you perform - whether it's at Carnegie Hall or on the sidewalk in front of Joe's Diner.