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Band Tip plan

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Bredian, Mar 28, 2014.


  1. Bredian

    Bredian Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2011
  2. vishuddha

    vishuddha 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Saw this on Facebook. Looks like a cool idea, except for when people start tipping the waitress 5% instead of 15% so they can also tip the band without spending more money. Call me cynical but it's the reality of it.

    I would rather just have a tip jar at the front of the stage and let the chips fall where they may than have people stiffing the waitress on the check so they can give me money.
     
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  4. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    Disclosures:
    music school retailer
  5. BassCliff

    BassCliff

    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi,

    I saw it on Facebook too. I'd rather have a big ugly bucket up on stage in front of the band. Then there's no middle man. If the crowd doesn't want to tip, putting a space on the check isn't going to make a difference, and it might just upset a few patrons. I just think it's a bad idea. Yes, it could take away from the server's tips. Not good.



    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
  6. Depends on the gig (sometimes a tip jar looks tacky).

    Anyway FWIW, I like the idea of having both. :)
     
  7. modulusman

    modulusman

    Jan 18, 2004
    montana
    Never use a tip jar. It makes you look amateur IMO. If someone comes up and hands us money we will take it but we don't beg for it.
     
  8. Bredian

    Bredian Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2011
    Good points all.
     
  9. BassCliff

    BassCliff

    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi,

    I does depend on the gig. We play a lot of corporate events, amusement parks, showcase venues, so, no, there's no tip jar.

    If you're playing a local honky tonk that barely pays gas money, then, sure, I don't see a problem with a tip jar. I've even had people walk up to me and ask, "Where's your tip jar?" A lot of folks in little neighborhood watering holes don't mind tossing you a couple of bucks to hear their favorite song.

    I sub in with a classic rock band that plays a lot of sports bars and they really hype the "human jukebox" angle. They put out laminated song lists and request cards on every table. Most patrons will return those request cards to the stage with a few bucks. The band usually pulls in a couple of hundred extra bucks a night. That makes an average paying gig turn into a decent paying gig. The crowd hears what they want, the musicians make a little extra scratch. Everybody wins.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
  10. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I have never seen a band use a tip jar and my band will never use one. I would rather be in a good band that can demand a good night's pay from the venue.
     
  11. BassCliff

    BassCliff

    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi,

    It depends on the gig. It depends on the band. ;)

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    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
  12. dmac1961

    dmac1961 Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    South Cackalacky
    Because you've never seen it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Doesn't mean a band isn't good either.:rollno:
     
  13. modulusman

    modulusman

    Jan 18, 2004
    montana
    But chances are they suck.:D
     
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    Chances are 'cause I wear a silly grin
    The moment you come into view,
    Chances are you think that I'm in love with you.
    Just because my composure sort of slips
    The moment that your lips meet mine,
    Chances are you think my heart's your Valentine.

    In the magic of moonlight,
    When I sigh, "Hold me close, dear,"
    Chances are you believe the stars
    That fill the skies are in my eyes.

    Guess you feel you'll always be
    The one and only one for me
    And, if you think you could,
    Well, chances are your chances are awfully good.


    Chances are you believe the stars
    That fill the skies are in my eyes.

    Guess you feel you'll always be
    The one and only one for me
    And, if you think you could,
    Well, chances are your chances are awfully good.
    The chances are, your chances are...awfully good.
     
  15. modulusman

    modulusman

    Jan 18, 2004
    montana
    Sorry Mellowinman but I don't swing that way.:) Not that their is anything wrong with it.
     
  16. Here's my tip:

    The Band Gets Paid.
    The serving staff get paid and get tips.


    Apart from busking, there's very few situations where a tip jar would be put out and there's be other factors involved, such as it's a charity function, or it's a favour of some kind.

    Nothing set in stone, each situation weighed for its own worth, but generally...


    The Band Gets Paid.
    The serving staff get paid and get tips.
    :cool:
     



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