Mudcat Café message #2283971 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109300   Message #2283971
Posted By: Jeremiah McCaw
09-Mar-08 - 07:34 PM
Thread Name: Gigs (that pay better than coffee houses)
Subject: RE: BS: Gigs
Re: nursing homes & such: Different places; different situations, Juniper02. Where be you?

Here in Ontario, retirement & nursing homes are required by their licenses to have an entertainment budget. No matter how much the activities director may plead poverty, they DO have money to pay.

I do know one professional musician (a solo act) who plays up to 30 such gigs in a month, in addition to whatever other work he has on his plate. He finds them to be relaxing, low-pressure events. They may not pay a lot, but it can add up.

Another duo I know from Saskatchewan schedules 'home' gigs any time they swing through Ontario. I know their fee for this sort of thing is around $150 - and they get it often enough to make it a worthwhile part of their tour schedule.