Money and Music

295 – How much should you get paid for gigs and tours?

Over the past 30 years we haven’t seen a huge increase in pay rates for local, bar/club dates…it’s typically between $150-$250 per show. Where the difficulty lies is when you’re asked to do small-scale tours, a run of dates, one-offs that require learning repertoire, and other unique situations. A question I get all the time: How much should I charge?


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2 replies
  1. dave rodway
    dave rodway says:

    Thanks again for this Nick.
    It’s great to hear the voice of reason (you) remind me to prioritize accordingly.
    You mentioned in the beginning of the podcast that many people are asking these questions and that
    “maybe it was touring season.” Is there such a thing? I know with acting there’s “pilot season”…are there certain months bands prefer to go out on tour?
    Thanks again for the awesome podcast!

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Obviously a lot of bands tour all year long, but spring through summer is usually the busiest time of year for tours…especially East Coast (specifically North East bands) who are at the regional level. It’s no fun loading gear in and out of a trailer in 10 degree weather.

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