Meri’s Musical Musings

6 things professional musicians don’t want to hear before they are hired for events

Posted on: May 21, 2015

6. “The piano hasn’t been tuned in a few years and has a few broken or missing keys, is that okay?” Yeah, no wonder hardly anyone plays here. Maybe a lot more people would come play if you had a good instrument in decent shape!

5. “We’ll provide dinner in exchange for you playing for us” Decent gigs usually pay well, and dinner is usually an extra!

4. “You’ll have to bring in your fans, don’t expect us to bring much if any audience”

3. “We only have $50 to pay you” For some gigs that doesn’t even cover the travel costs! And that usually means you won’t get someone good!

2. “We want you to do it for free. It will be great exposure” Well, we need to eat, pay rent, pay bills just like everyone else!

1. “But the last person charged only half as much!” Well, we’re not them!


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