Mudcat Café message #2584213 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119236   Message #2584213
Posted By: The Villan
08-Mar-09 - 07:42 PM
Thread Name: Musicians Quiting and Venues Dying
Subject: RE: Musicians Quiting and Venues Dying
What concerns me more than anything, is to hear folkies say how much trade they bring to a pub.
Maybe 30/40 people turn up. A lot of them probably have to drive so can't drink much.
Probably on average the publican may get 3 drinks out of each person.

Work it out, and that isn't a lot of money taken over the bar for an evening.

However, they all go on about how much business they bring into the pub. They go on about how grateful the Landlord should be etc etc.

Yes, if nobody is coming into the pub, then something is better than nothing.

I know what we pay out to artists and what we take on the bar at our village hall. The people who work their socks off at the village hall do it for no pay. We do not make a lot of money, but then we are not that bothered to make profits as long as we break even.

So how a pub makes anything out of a folk evening where they have to pay the acts, staff, overheads etc etc is beyond me.