Mar
27

How much do live jazz bands usually charge?

I am starting up a small jazz ensemble to do corporate events, weddings, parties, etc. and I was wondering what would be a good price to charge. Thanks!

Here's how you figure it. First, take the number of people in the band. Next, you figure in the number of hours you'll be playing, it varies from gig to gig, so you don't want to have a set price, cause you want to make more if you're playing four hours as opposed to two. Then, you each decide how much you want to make per hour apiece, don't forget to include set-up and tear down time when you're figuring in your hourly rate. If you're just starting, keep it reasonable so you'll get more work and exposure, if you're good, the price can go up as you become in demand. Some clubs already have a set rate.

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  1. Jayne Savage Says:

    Here's how you figure it. First, take the number of people in the band. Next, you figure in the number of hours you'll be playing, it varies from gig to gig, so you don't want to have a set price, cause you want to make more if you're playing four hours as opposed to two. Then, you each decide how much you want to make per hour apiece, don't forget to include set-up and tear down time when you're figuring in your hourly rate. If you're just starting, keep it reasonable so you'll get more work and exposure, if you're good, the price can go up as you become in demand. Some clubs already have a set rate.
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  2. Frank B Says:

    In my area reputation means everything. Professionalism is sometimes more important than the music. If you are just starting out make a promo pack to give to perspective customers. Call around to find out what going rates are and charge accordingly. I feel when starting out you should charge a little less to get you foot in the door.
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