[Callers] Caller Fees

Martha Edwards meedwards at westendweb.com
Fri Jun 24 17:25:05 PDT 2011

What's your average, or usual, attendance?


On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM, William Watson <wjw1961 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Sue,
> At the Eugene, Oregon dances, pay is as follows:
> Caller: $75 guarantee, travel guarantee based on distance, 20% of
> profit (if any - RARE!)
> Musician: $75 guarantee if fewer than 4 in band, else split $300
> guarantee, travel and profit share similar to caller.
> Sound person: a flat $150, to load his own gear, drive an hour, set
> up, work all evening, strike, lock up, drive an hour home, and unload.
> Our rent has been $114/night, but will go up to $138 in the fall.
> Attendance varies, based on weather and conflicting events.  We hold
> dances on 2nd & 4th Saturdays, September to early June.  Losses are
> too high to dance in the summer, and we lose the use of our regular
> facility, as the school system does not rent it out if school is not
> in session.  We charge $8 for non-members to attend, $6 for members,
> with reciprocal discounts for members of other nearby dance/folklore
> societies that provide dance discounts.
> Only two or three dances a year make profits and generate any profit
> share for the talent.
> Wild Asparagus comes out annually in November and negotiates a
> different deal.  They run their own sound, and ask for 90% of the net
> door receipts, after fixed expenses (rent, insurance, etc.) are paid.
> EFS charges a higher admission price for this dance.
> The Corvallis, Oregon dances work slightly differently:
> The caller gets a guarantee of $50.  Each musician (up to 4) gets a
> guarantee of $50; more than four share $200.  The sound man gets $100
> (he's local).  The hall costs $80.  Insurance is covered by the parent
> organization.  Any profits above the guarantees and fixed costs gets
> split between the performers and organization.  Profits happen much
> more regularly in Corvallis than in Eugene, due to the lower fixed
> costs and lower guarantees.  Wild Asparagus negotiates an agreement
> essentially identical to the one used in Eugene when they come out.
> On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM, Sue Robishaw <sue at manytracks.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >    I know that "it varies" and probably quite widely, but I'm trying to
> get
> > an idea of what is typically charged for one-time or semi-regular dance
> > calling (not the high end festivals and balls and camps) or how receipts
> are
> > divided between caller, band, and house. My interest is as caller, band,
> and
> > dance organizer so all input would be appreciated. You can reply off-list
> to
> > sue at manytracks.com.
> >    Thanks,
> >    Sue Robishaw, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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