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What do you typically get paid per gig?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Axtman, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    I typically get around $50 per gig. Sometimes a free drink included and sometimes 1/2 off a meal.

    I've played gigs where I got nothing and paid for my drink and meal thus a negative and I have played gigs where I got $200 plus free drinks and free meal.
  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Bar/club gigs around $100-150 (about what I was getting 25-30 years ago).
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  3. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    $100 plus or minus a bit.
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  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Circa 1995-2002 we got anywhere from $100 to $250 a man per gig.

    Last band I was basically a volunteer..... and one wonders why the BL got upset with me for declining a gig that was 3 hours away for $20 a man.
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  5. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I will go on to say that I never gigged for the money end of it..... I make far more doing brake jobs in my driveway than I'll ever make playing out.

    However..... I at least expect gas/tolls/time to be taken care of for a show...... to be expected to travel 3 hours either way for peanuts is an insult.
  6. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA

    I don't gig enough to worry about it. I'm more concerned that we put on a good show to lots of people and everyone's having fun.
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  7. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA

    I've received anything between a burger and $300.
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    *$100-$300 average. Rarely less than $100 though. A few gigs paid much higher.

    *per man
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2020
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  9. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    $100 to $300 ... averaging about $100.05 ... :)
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  10. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    No less than $100.00 per member + tips, + meal and drinks [entire band tab consists of 1 bourbon on the rocks for me].
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2020
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  11. Davebass77

    Davebass77 Supporting Member

    Been sitting in with a classic rock/country band where the rate is anywhere from $100 to $250. Country rock/blues band is about the same. Food/drink sometimes included, depending on the venue.
  12. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    I get $100 for our usual four hour gig. We did a couple of three-hour gigs last fall and got a little less so I got $80 at those.
  13. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Average $100 for a 3 to 4 hour dive bar gig.
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  14. trofud


    Mar 28, 2018
    Montreal, Canada
    Between 100 & 150 in bars (2x 60 minutes). A lot more when I do corporative stuff like Xmas parties or company parties: with those events I come home with 6-700 in my pockets, sometimes a bit more, depending on the event, the band, etc.
  15. jnuts1


    Nov 13, 2007
    originals bar/club gigs are min 100 a dude or it's not happening and corporate/wedding stuff we charge large. we do tiered rated for your needs. we go from 3-15k depending on travel and how many tunes you want us to learn
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  16. soulstew

    soulstew Supporting Member

    May 15, 2014
    North Dakota
    $100-150 (edit: per person) for most gigs. Occasionally more, occasionally a bit less.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2020
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  17. Bullitt5135


    Nov 16, 2010
    SE Michigan
    In 2019, my 3-piece Americana band played a handful of farmers' market gigs for $0.00. Then I would spend a bunch of money on a nice dinner afterward. That same band played three gigs at a neighborhood brewery for $0.00, plus free beer. We had one paid fall festival gig where the band split $105 3-ways. I'm not complaining. Those gigs are with two of my dearest friends – we get together to play just for the fun of it anyways, so it might as well be in a place where our other friends and family can come out and see us.

    I played one private party couple guys from my former cover band. I think I made $100, minus $10 to the soundman. That gig was a blast...outdoors on a riverboat. And I played one backyard BBQ with an originals project. Not only didn't we get paid, I'm pretty sure my wife donated some money to the cancer charity that the party was benefiting.

    Obviously, I'm not in it for the money. The best case scenario for me, monetarily speaking, would be to have a cover band that makes $100-$150 per gig a dozen times a year. In that context, $1200-$1500 in the course of a year is pretty inconsequential, especially given the hours spent practicing, rehearsing and hauling gear. Artistically speaking, my goal for 2020 is to get an originals project together that plays out a few times a year and gets paid our share of the door.
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  18. jpmcbride

    jpmcbride Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I see a lot of answers, but its not clear ... for the band, or per man?

    We've been playing breweries lately and getting $100 per 1 hour set (for the band, 4 people). Typical is 2 sets, total $200, or $50 per band member, plus tips. Sometimes its 3 sets, so $300 split 4 ways.
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  19. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Bar gigs: $100~$200, they usually give us a $25 or so bar tab
    Theatre gigs: $250~$350

    Never going to get rich doing this.

    EDIT: That's my cut, not the whole band
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  20. Gustopher


    Jul 30, 2018
    $100 per member plus an equal cut of the tips. On a few occasions we have played larger shows and made more, those are rare.

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