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Thread #133063   Message #3015984
Posted By: Will Fly
26-Oct-10 - 01:16 PM
Thread Name: Fees (concert admission prices)
Subject: RE: Fees (concert admission prices)
Sorry folks, but the whole point of this thread is not the actual fee level for a performance. If someone wants to charge 25 for me to get into their venue to see a particular performer, then the only question is whether I value that performer enough to want to pay it - and now and then I have.I've actually flown to Ireland to see a particular performer's only European appearance in a decade - and it was worth the ticket price, the air fare, the car hire, the hotel, the food and drink... for two of us...

The point is that the venue's ticket price should not be dictated by the performer. He/she can demand whatever fee they like - and why not? - but it's up to the venue organiser to pay that fee and get the money for it in whatever mode they choose. It's not a question of undervaluing a performer, it's a question of practical economics. If I run a folk club with a maximum seating capacity of 50 people and I really want to engage a performer whose negotiated fee is 600 then, unless I have other funds, minimum seat price is 12. I don't want the performer then telling me what seat price I have to charge, purely to suit his or her personal image.