There isn’t a simple answer to this question because there are too many variables associated with determining the correct price.
However, I decided to break this topic down to the most commonly asked questions when it comes to this topic.
Performance Fees For Musicians
Let’s start with individual performers, most of the time it depends on the skill, experience, and performance aspect (aka organists, gig type, category, etc).
Individual vocalists are affordable, however, most of the time they need to also perform a variety of instruments as they are hired for gigs that tend to bring life and conviviality to a party, they set any type of mood you require from somber to sultry, they entertain your guests, they require less space and equipment than a full band, and they are often able to play acoustic performances in smaller spaces.
The cost can be anywhere from $30 to $200 per hour or can be a rate of $25 – $200 per song. However most cases musicians charge first two hours and then flat hourly rate.
Musicians Union Hourly Rate
American Federation Of Music (AFM) has setup a fee guidelines to all the freelancers or musicians,so you can refer to the rate here.
Average Gig Pay
Again, it depends various factors but the generalize, for an average person playing in cover bands and or wedding bands as a player you can make anywhere from $50 to $1000 a night depending on what kind of gig it is; a local songwriter playing for a few fans, if the budget is tight, $50, $100, $250, depending on the artist
How Much To Charge For A Pub Gig?
This is my favorite question as most of the time the answer to this from newbies is “Free” or “for experience” etc. If you’re not an amateur then playing with most bands I’ve played in it ranges from $100 – $200 a playing hour.
How Much Do Wedding Singers Charge?
Most wedding singers post a sample of their work on their website and give you the opportunity to listen to it before contacting them. If you ask a singer to learn a new song, you can charge an hourly fee for the exercise. Some of these fees include samples, while others charge you an additional fee to appear.
Most organists, however, do not like having to schedule additional rehearsals and appreciate the fact that the singer is a trained and experienced professional. As an organist it is a real agony to work with brides, aunts, grooms and cousins who believe you can sing and who always ask you to sing at family celebrations. But don’t judge it, because live performances can often sound a lot better than that.
Some organists, who rehearse especially for weddings, prove to be excellent tenors, who later appear in symphonies, choirs and chamber orchestras. Some charge a fee for amateur singers who request an extra rehearsal for a wedding. I earn my living mainly by travelling with my wife and children, performing in symphony choirs, chamber orchestras etc. and as an organist.
Many musicians who perform regularly at weddings charge a higher fee for the first hour of performance than the ceremony fee, which is often considered the most expensive part of a wedding ($2 per hour for ceremony and cocktails). The cost of hiring a live musician depends on the size of your wedding, the number of guests and the type of music you are looking for.
Wedding singers are talented individuals who perform different kinds of songs solo or with a band. If you want your friend, a singer-songwriter, to sing backup vocals on some of your songs, do it.
On average, the cost of a wedding singer per song depends on the geographical location of the singer (required journey, number of songs to be performed, etc.), the hours he will perform, and his hours.
How Much Should An Acoustic Duo Charge ?
The gross fee (very important word) is great compared to my local work, but you can expect on average about half of what you would expect from a full-time professional singer in the United States or Europe.
You can find many award-winning studio singers online, singers who have worked with top artists and are also songwriters. The list is endless, but consider a few important things: Do you need 9 hours of coaching for your last new piece of music? Have you rented a complete song or just the harmonies for the topline and don’t need any coaching?
If you are looking for a singer with experience in various music genres such as pop, rock, country, jazz, hip-hop, blues, folk, pop and more, this will help you narrow your search.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Band For A Party
Local jazz combos or acoustic bands may cost between $750 and $1500, while the region’s most popular and exclusive party bands may cost $10,000 or more. On average, most great dance bands for weddings or special events are likely to cost between $2500 and $7500.
How Much Should I Charge For A Feature
The reason why this distinction has to be made is that singers who also write, record, sell and sell their own songs and sell merch have other sources of income. In general, people who do this kind of work will also be featured as singers on your tracks. You are not primarily an artist or songwriter, you sing on a record and earn royalties. These royalties are the royalties earned by the writer, the musicians you hire, and the writers who receive royalties from you.
When recording a song, you can be a backup singer or singer who can sing harmonies, but most singers earn their income from live performances. Musicians are hired to perform, and the singer earns between $50 and $300 per performance. Professional singers get about $1,000 – $2,500 for a single performance and $3,200 – $4,300 for an entire show.
Most singers should charge between $100 and $200 per show for a single performance or $1,000 to $2,500 for an entire show.
A singer should earn roughly what the other side earns – musicians on tour and should receive a percentage of the revenue from other musicians performing on the track.
There are many situations where singers and musicians receive daily rates – for example, I was hired for a live music video with several other musicians and received a daily rate of 150 dollars for about seven hours of work. If you are offered a gig at the last minute on the same night of the show, you can leave the drummer outside until you enter the stage.
For many artists, however, it is a venerable tradition to sit with friends all the time, without payment, of course. This level of professionalism requires musicians to be paid regardless of the amount.
If you need a duo or trio, it is safe to double or triple the cost, but if you need a soloist, it should be much higher. Alexis Wong, a professional wedding singer, only performs for the processional part of the wedding. A singer’s price is a good indicator of their ability to perform at your wedding. In my research, however, most seem to pay between $150 and $300 for singers, and if they are famous or in demand, the price for them can be much higher.
My passion for singing sparked when I played a small part in my high school play. Although I was terrible at it, there was a sense of liberation that washed over me.
Ever since that moment I have been practicing on perfecting my skill and I’m lucky enough to build a career out of it! I have sung on several movie sound tracks, contracted choirs for films, and has been teaching voice and piano in the Atlanta area for over 10 years.
I want to help people understand the fundamentals of singing, how to prepare the voice and keep it strong for performances, how to juggle singing with a jam-packed schedule, and the need to operate on a budget.