Mudcat Café message #143997 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15779   Message #143997
Posted By: Big Mick
02-Dec-99 - 11:43 PM
Thread Name: When should you be paid for performing?
Subject: RE: When should you be paid for performing?
Yep, Don, right on the mark. I wish I had gotten back to this sooner.

I too, am troubled by the concept of not charging because people will think you are better than they are. I am not sure how the hell that is relevant, but I am sure that if anyone out there thinks that, they are not someone I would associate with.

This is easy, I charge for some gigs, I give some away, some I charge just expenses. The latter two are usually for some sort of charity. Generally, I will not play in a pub, where money is being made, for free. If the music is the draw, then the musicians should be paid. I choose when I will give away my music. An example was a benefit that we did for the family of a young State Trooper killed in the line of duty. Sometimes we will give away a gig to benefit an organization, but more often we offer to split the profit (take after expenses) 1 for 1 until we hit our normal charge. That way if the event is a bust, we don't hurt them further. On the other hand, if the event is very successful, we do very well, but we never take more than our normal fee.