I wonder if the bands playing the late night talk shows or SNL get paid. I honestly don't know, but that's a lot of exposure and worth a lot just by itself. I've read bands who've played Ozfest did so for exposure, and actually paid for the opportunity. Again, that's a lot of exposure.
What an idiotic article.
Exactly.My covers band plays for free maybe once a year - this year, not at all. The play for free gig has an audience of circa 6,000, & we're treated well, plus it's a charity raiser. Additionally, we get multiple good paying gig offers from it, so it's worth the effort on all levels.
We only play one other gig / year for a reduced fee, & that's simply because it's a very small venue, Sunday afternoon slot, & a very enjoyable experience for us in "stripped down" mode. The venue size dictates the economics - we recognise that, & it's our choice to play or not. All other venues pay on our sliding scale of venue size. If they don't want to pay our rate, then it's end of discussion - no exceptions.
Starting up with an originals act is a whole 'nuther deal, I recognise that, & have been there multiple times back in the day. Even though that scene is tough, there's still standards to uphold, & still choices to be made. Put simply, if you're good enough, it'll come good.
It puts me in mind of an occasion a couple of years back when I got so annoyed at a discussion unrolling on Facebook that I sat down with a calculator and did some maths. I didn't take any past costs, equipment costs or time into account, all I did was work out on a snapshot basis how much I was spending in terms of gigging and rehearsing monthly on fuel, road tolls, drum sticks, rehearsal space and poster printing. After subtracting it from my average monthly gig money it turned out that I was working for something like £8 a gig. Oh yes, really in it for the money. In fact what it shows is that when a band plays for free they actually are losing money. In fact it showed that if I broke a couple of pairs of sticks in a month I was losing money!!!This author is an idiot and her opinion is terrible. She believe people who go to school or who work in the trade industry are making a "real" sacrifice because they're paying for their education or work, but does she not have the brain to realize being a musician isn't free? Lessons, your instrument and its upkeep, transportation, rehearsal space, studio time, marketing, time and more time devoted to your craft. A band doesn't just show up to a gig with a list of songs they learned in their spare time and then give it a whirl. What a fucking idiot.
My guess,I wonder if the bands playing the late night talk shows or SNL get paid.