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Blues=Life Guarantees for Musicians (31) RE: Guarantees for Musicians 12 Apr 12

"We do understand that performers would prefer a guarantee - we just can't afford to pay it out of our pockets if the gig flops..I think we'll have to stick with no guarantee, or a minimal guarantee. "

Set your policy, but don't be surprised if you don't get big name performers. They expect to be paid, and rightly so. You need to have a business plan that includes building a reserve. If you are having multiple nights a year that "flop," do some analytical thought about why you are failing to be consistent in drawing in a crowd. Are you in touch with your audience? Or are you booking to your tastes, and not the taste of your clientele. Treat it like a business, build a reserve, and budget for the occasional off night. If they happen a lot, you are doing something wrong. Just sayin'.

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