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Thread #133063   Message #3014992
Posted By: Will Fly
25-Oct-10 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Fees (concert admission prices)
Subject: RE: Fees
This phenomenon isn't uncommon. It happened with another well-known musician down in Sussex last year. A local club had booked the artist as part of his national tour and, contractually, had to have both a minimum number of people in the audience and a fixed ticket price. In order to fulfill the guarantee, tickets were on sale at the club months in advance and were "pushed", as the trade has it, at every opportunity.

The regular club attendees had obviously asked the organiser some awkwards questions because, at one point in a club evening, he stood up to make a special announcement that all monies from club takings went to the running of the club and performer fees, and that no money was being used for personal profit. It was quite embarrassing for him and he was obviously not too happy with the arrangement as the club, though generally popular and well-attended, was not that big.

I could understand it if a promoter/artist/agent was worried about clubs being unable to meet an agreed fee or welching on a contract, but this sort of occasion would be, to my mind - and knowing the integrity of folk club organisers - extremely rare. I also personally don't think it right that the promoter/artist/agent should dictate a ticket price. Agree a fee with the club, sign a contract, and then let the club get on with it.