Lisa Sieverts wrote:
"Thus, in a complex algorithm that defies explanation, I'll take a
dance for almost no money if I know the music will be great, or
someone is going to feed and house me nicely, or it's a beautiful
hall and a neat community dance that just needs a nudge to keep
going. Otherwise, I look for a $75 minimum."
Whoof! Around Los Angeles, at almost all of the dozen different contra
series, the caller's take is usually somewhere between $20 and $50, sometimes a
little higher or lower. Big venues are significantly higher, as they are in New
England. I'm curious how different this is for different parts of the country
(excluding large venues) -- I've noticed that when I call in Massachusetts, even
the small venues seem to generally offer substantially higher guarantees to
the caller than the small venues in southern CA.
"driving hundreds of miles for dozens of dollars"
I love that saying! I remember hearing Joseph Pimentel say it as "for tens of
dollars." I'll take the dozens.
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