Who are my friends in the world of money?

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by Arnold, Mar 7, 2002.

  1. Mike, I'm a working player and I've just started to get more into recording with songwriters. My question is, how does one determine who gets charged what? I mean, my wife's jazz stuff is free, an unknown person who calls on the phone is a negotiated, hopefully high fee, but the middle ground of songwriters that I play for consistantly. I often find that asking for, or taking money from people that I know is harder than with people I don't. Any ideas how I might deal with this situation? Thanks.
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999

    I would start with a "base" fee. Find out what the union scale is in your area, start there. Then you can adjust based on the project, your relationship with the performer, the amount of work they provide for you. etc.

    Remember always though that you are a professional, this is your job and that your work should never be devalued.

    Hope this helps

  3. Thanks man. I'm still working on what it might be. Peace.