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Old 11-01-2002, 05:23 AM
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Default How much to charge for a Party Band?

Our band that played my wife's 50th last weekend sounded so good. We had so much fun that we decided to try and get some gigs to do our cover stuff.

How much do you charge for a party band for weddings, birthdays, etc. ??

The band is 6 people and we play 60-70's dance and listening songs.

Thanks for your help. We don't want to low ball ourselves and we don't want to price ourselves out !
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Old 11-01-2002, 11:29 AM
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So no one has any idea? Or no one wants to display a price?
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Old 11-01-2002, 12:25 PM
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I think you might do best on this by getting a feel for what people charge in your area, if possible...ask some local players. It's definitely different in different parts of the country.

Up here in the sticks some bands might do a party for as little as $250-$300...especially if the band is just starting out and doesn't have a reputation.

My band usually gets about $200 to $250 per man for weddings...we're a 5-8 piece band...weddings are a lot of work, we earn it, and we've been doing it a long time. We charge more for jobs that are a long way away. Agents usually add a percentage on top of that, when they get us the gig.

On the other hand we will play functions for $100 per if it's the middle of the winter, not around the holidays, a favor for a friend, etc. We play a lot of benefits for free or very cheap. We don't play clubs much anymore but we do it for what we can get...club owners are usually pretty financially stressed out...sometimes it's $60 or $70 each (which is what I used to make playing clubs thirty years ago!!) but it's fun, you can play whatever you want, originals, etc and you get some exposure and can invite your buds. There aren't many clubs left up here and they should be supported.

Good luck!! Negotiating band prices is a little art, a little science.
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Old 11-01-2002, 01:34 PM
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In Dallas the going rates are:

65 to 85 per player for club gigs.

100 to 125 per player for private parties.

200 to 250 per player for corporate events, commercial gigs, etc.

Your sisters wedding, free!

Good luck with your band and don't sell yourself short.
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Well,

According to another thread, the going rate is a fifth of Jack Daniels and a bag of Weed. Of course, YMMV!

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According to another thread, the going rate is a fifth of Jack Daniels and a bag of Weed. Of course, YMMV!

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Old 11-06-2002, 04:58 PM
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About 100-250 per player depending on the quality of the player in these parts.
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Beer and Pizza! What else?
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we get 1200 for private parties at rich folks houses and country clubs and that is for a 8 to 12 type gig.

Outdoor gigs are extra and only if commercial tents are present .

I have done parties with just me and a woody guitar singin and pickin for 250 and if you don't get tipped a hundred by the owner don't go back .

Hope that helps .

I have a friend whos band is quite large and they took down 3000 for a party in another state and had to give the agent 20% so it all comes down to about 100 to 250 per man for a typical five piece band.

Frat parties sometimes pay well too. depends on the fraternity.

Think of it as moving equipment cost and singing for free. LOL

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We use the Rockford Files method. $250/hr plus expenses.
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Thanks for all your responses.

I think we are going to start off getting a little over $100 per in the beginning until we get some more experience and then try and raise it up a little!!
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WOW, my band makes no money.

We usually will play churchs, or church functions for $300 total plus expenses. So we usually get 60 or so a piece for playing an hour or so.

I guess we are really on the low end. Plus if we play at a church service they almost always take up some for of love offering.
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WOW, my band makes no money.

We usually will play churchs, or church functions for $300 total plus expenses. So we usually get 60 or so a piece for playing an hour or so.

I guess we are really on the low end. Plus if we play at a church service they almost always take up some for of love offering.
OK, I should have clarified. My bluegrass band does $250/hr plus expenses. I play for free at church.
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You can get paid to play a guitar? at a party?
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Call a few angencies in your area and pretend you need a quote for a wedding. Ask about a band your size, doing stuff you do, for a wedding. I know it's not exactly honest, but at least you'll have a picture of what the market will bear in your area. You might want also go as far as getting a demo or two to see how others are presenting themselves.
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