A special Thank you to everyone of has hired me to play their party-festival-open house this 2017 season all of you have just been wonderful and I hope to see all of you again very soon this upcoming Holiday season. Cheers, Jim.
When you decide to hire a Musician please understand the overhead a working Musicians has and why a $100.00 gig for Three (3) hours of Music is obsolete in the year 2017 for a Musician with a formal four (4) year Music education . Do you know any executive chefs with a four (4) year formal education that has studied at a Major institution working for a $100.00 bucks? Besides Gas-Mileage and travel time to and from the venue where the gig is located with a one (1) driving radius is fair. So please consider the following:
One (1)Hour driving to the workplace- One (I )hour to load-in-set-up and sound check-Liability insurance-Attire (Cleaners)-emergency (Hot-spot) cost for remote locations. Music subscription ( Solo artist)-Monthly instrument maintenance cost (usually $200.00 per visit) and when you have premium Musical instruments like I do it is a absolute must. One (1) hour tear down-and load. One (1) hour to drive back home. Driving-loading for the day equals Four (4) hours-And usually Three (3) hour performance set that equal seven (7) divide into $100.00 =$14.00 not to mention the countless hours a Jazz musicians has to put in daily just to maintain his skills. there is also additional cost for backing tracks if your a ” Solo musician.” Many and most venues are aware and are good and fail. But to you newbies and you know who you are please be more considerate. Best, James