Pay For Play

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bamajazzlady, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. bamajazzlady

    bamajazzlady Mezzo Forte User

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    What is the most and/or least you have made playing trumpet in various settings i.e. festivals, community bands, soloist, etc.?
     
  2. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    0 on both accts! :-(
     
  3. D.C. Al fine

    D.C. Al fine Banned

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    Well, I have been in a lot of bands, preformed solos, festivals, and many concerts. Let me add up all that I have made........$1. Yup, I made a buck from a little old lady that said she really enjoyed the concert. But that is it, just a dollar.
     
  4. patkins

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    Zip, zilch, nada, zero! When God is in the audience, that is enough for me!
     
  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    That's not bad for Arrington, WY!!!
     
  6. patkins

    patkins Forte User

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    lmao!
     
  7. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    The least I've made (other than playing free gigs) is $5, and that was with a big band that got a cut of the door. The most, for one day of playing, has been about $500, but I've made more than that numerous times for a weekend or multi-day event.
     
  8. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    You may get a wide range of answers. Some of us play for fun, others are full-time pros, and some of us are in between. Also, some of us may be reluctant to talk about money.

    I play about 2-4 times a month, mostly with a jazz trio. I do some gigs for tips (street festivals where I can promote the band), and some gigs for pay (restaurants and private receptions). The pay varies, and the private gigs tend to pay better than the restaurant gigs. I will add that even though I only play part-time, I try not to undercut those who play full-time for a living.

    Mike
     
  9. TrumpetMD

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    +1
     
  10. eventomte

    eventomte New Friend

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    I don't consider myself a professional musician, but the most I've got is around $500. That was supposed to be for two nights, but the second one got cancelled. Wages are generally higher where I live (Norway) than in the US, though.
     

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