If you are interested in getting some cafe type gigs but are not sure what to charge? Then this video is for you.
We’re going to talk about how to work out what you should be charging and stay in harmony with any other musicians gigging in your local area. After all, you don’t want to start under-cutting price to get the gig.
Just so you know, under-cutting price is definitely not the way to go when you are looking for gigs. It is not good for you in the long run (or even in the short run because you’re short changing yourself) and not good for the industry either.
In a nutshell, under-cutting price is:
- Bad for you because you get paid less
- Bad for other musicians because they loose their gig, and
- Bad for the music industry as a whole because it lowers the expected price for music and everyone suffers as a consequence.
Ultimately, you want to be able to charge a fee that reflects you as a musician. If you have heaps of fans and draw a larger crowd, of course you want to charge more. If you’ve got insanely mad skills and get the venue bopping then you want your fee to reflect the contribution you are making to that venue/ show/ musical etc…
However, the music industry is a business and you will find that there are standard ‘going rates’ of pay in your local area for things like cafe gigs. In the video below I will show you a fool- proof method to use for working out how much you should charge for cafe/restaurant type gigs specifically… and it will work for you no matter which country or area you live in.
Now I’d love to hear from you. If you have come up with a way to work out what to charge for your cafe/restaurant type gigs, please let the rest of the community here at Singer’s Secret know and share your comments below.
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My son Isaiah is a songwriter and a lyricist. We want to know how much we should charge for his performances as well as songwriting.
Love this video, thank you so much. Now to try and convince the business owners to agree to pay us a fair fee… 😛
I am trying to get a singing gig at night for extra cash