Wow. Thanks for sharing. I'm very sorry to hear about your friend.
No..I'm saying the promoters were willing to pay 5-10 K,and her fee is 50.000.Her agents rejected the insult of an offer, walked away,and I'm sure had a laugh at what these professional "promoters" were willing to pay Beyonce.These promoters had no idea of what an A list entertainer gets paid per show,and were in shock.I don’t quite follow your story here. Are you saying that the promoters coughed up the 50 000, or did Beyonce’s agents laugh and walk away?
I have done the cover band thing (mostly playing jazz standards for corporate events and such) and you are correct, the money was good. The money was actually VERY good. I made MUCH more playing in cover bands than I ever have playing in original bands. (I'm not going to touch upon the fact that most cover bands are viewed as background music in the area that I live, as that is for another thread.)You know, I never really understood why cover bands get such a bad rap.
We have it all, really. Once you accept that you will never be a wealthy, world famous touring rock star (did that a loooonnnnngggg time ago) - things are not so bad. So we don't write original music, so what. But we also get no respect. We are not 'artists' in the eyes of many original-writing musicians.
Everyone in my band has day jobs (one member runs an extremely successful design/planning/consulting firm) and makes a good living. We play music because we love it - yet if it didn't pay well, we'd probably find something else to do.
We have an agent, on a steady rotation at local bars and do a steady flow of corporate events and weddings. No freebies, no charities , no discounts. We get paid well. Well enough to make a good living if we did it full time - but nobody wants to do that.
I think it was Little Steven who was talking about the bands he played in growing up...and that every band was a cover band. You didn't play unless you knew 50 popular tunes that somebody else wrote....It was ludicrous to think that you could go play a show somewhere and play nothing but originals - nobody wanted to hear that.
I guess a lot of it depends on the genre or style of music....
But crap, $800 a night for a touring indie band with songs on the radio - or LESS? That's terrible.
I have on more than one occasion, turned down local gigs that pay that little.
We claim everything tax wise, and the band is a registered partnership - so after agents fees and taxes, I'd rather just stay home.
For the club level bands, I'm pretty sure there's little consideration as to health insurance for the tour. And since they typically use one of their own vehicles, it's already insured, hopefully for business, which means their gear would be covered if stolen. But yes, on a real tour, those expenses - and many others - would come out of the gross.When these bands are "on tour", are they without health insurance? If you are traveling via a van or RV, there are insurance costs for the vehicles as well.
We regularly earn more than that too, but we need to put serious numbers into the bar to command such a fee. Our costs are high compared to most local level bands too, but those costs equate to a better show, that in turn attracts more punters, that in turn - ah, you get the pictureits up to the club to be willing to pay 875 for a band. thats not a lot if that band is on tour thats for sure. where i live a lot of the local bands get twice that for a single show at a small bar.
punters, that never gets old!We regularly earn more than that too, but we need to put serious numbers into the bar to command such a fee. Our costs are high compared to most local level bands too, but those costs equate to a better show, that in turn attracts more punters, that in turn - ah, you get the picture
wow, here in the Midwest we get a minimum of 500/show and that is based on multiple bookings at the same venue, otherwise we get 750 for a one-off show at a bar and even (much) more at festival events.Seriously, in L.A., bands in bars are lucky to get $200, maybe $400 if the bar is making great money.
It's both. The poor economy certainly hasn't helped things lately, but the money situation has been a problem for a long time. It's not even that bands are being paid the same as 30 years ago... they're often paid less. And, there are bands willing to work for less, or on faith that their percentage of the bar will be reported accurately to them at the end of the night.Do you think that is the result of the "lowest bidder" game bands have played to get shows, or are the establishments tight with money?