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Old 07-13-2010, 11:41 PM
 
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I'm looking at going at the possibility of touring with a three piece band in the area. I'm not sure what the market is paying for musicians to play however. Could anyone shed light on how much bands are getting payed to play in the region. I don't want to low ball and vis versa.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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I am in a classic rock cover band playing around Fort Lauderdale and we typically get 100.00 per person. I am doing a gig sunday and expect to be paid 50.00 - we do use a tip jar and that can add to the end of night total.

Need a drummer? I'm looking for work!
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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I'm looking at going at the possibility of touring with a three piece band in the area. I'm not sure what the market is paying for musicians to play however. Could anyone shed light on how much bands are getting payed to play in the region. I don't want to low ball and vis versa.
I'm a professional musician, and I grew up and worked quite a bit in Florida. I have 30 years experience, at various levels-- doing union gigs (in places where that matters--the union is pretty negligible in Florida), session work, being on the road in different bands--both nationally and internationally, etc.

Your question in kinda odd in my opinion. Here's why:

Musicians playing anywhere, so in Palm Beach County, too, make anything from the big goose egg (zilch, $0) to probably $100,000+ (if you're a headlining act playing at Cruzan, say). It depends on what kind of venues you're talking about.

Re not wanting to low ball, typically, the only time you have much control over how much you might make is if you're big enough that you're selling tickets through someone like Ticketmaster, and then you can set your ticket prices (actually, your management would usually have more to do with that).

I doubt that's the case here. For most places that you gig, some combination of the venue and/or booking agent and/or promoter is going to tell you the price, or at least give you a ballpark figure for a typical night (for example, if you're getting a percentage of the door) in advance. You aren't going to be setting any prices. You make however much the venue pays (or if you're allowed tips as the person above noted--however much people decide to tip).

If you're going on the road, you need to have the gigs booked before you start, so you'll already know (about) how much you're going to make at each venue. Typically the way you (or the booking agent or promoter) would find out what you're going to make is to ask the venue--assuming they're open to letting you play there. Even asking other folks what they made or if they know what a venue typically pays, though, you need to tell us the specific venues you're talking about.
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