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Thread #49818   Message #757338
Posted By: Genie
31-Jul-02 - 01:20 AM
Thread Name: Getting nursing home gigs
Subject: RE: Getting nursing home gigs
Depends on the facility and the activity director, Mike.

I never ceases to amaze me how an AD at one facility will hire the same one or two musicians once or twice a month (sometimes twice a week) for decades, while another AD at a comparable facility will say s/he doesn't like to hire the same person more than 2 or 3 times a year because "our residents like variety." Even at the same facility, the tune can change when the AD changes.

Some ADs have the (unfortunate, I think) habit of hiring a person very frequently when they are "new" and then dumping them for someone else when, predictably, the residents start asking for something different for a change. (I'm talking independent and assisted living residences here, not nursing homes and Alzheimer's facilities.)

You're right, though, that in metropolitan areas there are enough places to play that you don't have to rely on playing at the same place more than a few times a year.

In my case, about 40% of my income is from regular clients, for whom I play 6 to 100 times a year. These save me a lot of paperwork and phone calls--but if one drops you (or goes bankrupt), it leaves a big void to fill.