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GutBucketeer What does your band charge (in U.S) (34) What does your band charge (in U.S) 15 Jun 06

My band members and I are in the middle of a debate on what are reasonable rates to charge to play. My band, The All New Genetically Altered Jug Band, has 4 members. We play anything from jug band music (obviously), to novelty tunes, to Jazz standards from the 20s and 30s. One member thinks that we should never ask for less than $600 for a 2 set gig (what he states as Union Scale). Other members will play as long as its FUN and our expenses are covered (i.e. gas, food, drink, tips).

What does your band charge for a 2 45 minute set gig? Does it vary by the size or type of venue of the affair (i.e. more for 100+ people, or country clubs/ball rooms). Do they charge more for weddings?

What is a reasonable rate to ask a bar or restaurant to pay? Do you usually get a drink/food tab? If so how much?

Do you have set charges, or do you "negotiate" each time?


P.S. I tried to see if there had already been a discussion on this topic. I suspect there has been, but I couldn't figure out a query that would bring it up.

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