twhinds at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 19 13:58:43 PDT 2011
My experience is that fees range greatly depending on how wealthy the
hiring party is. Here's some example that come to mind.
Weddings: some folks expect to pay big bucks for big events. It's
not uncommon in the DC area for example, for bands and callers to
receive $200-300 or more a person (caller plus 4 musicians). Of
course not all families are loaded and will pay much less. Sometimes
they'll ask for a caller and recorded music or a smaller band.
The size of a church can vary. Large churches can pay more than the
smaller ones. This also goes for private schools as well. Some
private schools can afford a great deal and other can't. My
experience is that it's typical for these kinds of gigs to pay around
$100 per person for a caller and 2-4 musicians depending.....
At some regular dance series it's usual for organizers to pay the
caller and band members the same fee up to a point. The money
collected wouldn't be divided equally between the caller and 10
musicians. That would be unfair to the caller. At the dances
outside of the big cities where I call. it's typical to get paid $50-
$75 per person depending on attendance.
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