To Pay or not

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by B15M, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    About a year ago one of my college professors died. He was a great guy an really good musician.
    I'm not sure who or how but someone is setting up a scholarship fund in his name through the Eastman School.
    They are giving a concert to raise money not to far from my house.
    I received an email asking me to play and I said yes but I couldn't find a piano player so I sent back an email saying so.
    The organizer introduced me to a piano player that is going to do it. The concert is this Saturday and I am going to run through the Tartini tomorrow. I haven't met him yet. We talked on the phone and I mailed the music.

    Here is the question: Do I offer to pay him? I am doing it for free and it is a benefit concert and the organizer introduced us.
    What if I ask what the fee is and he says 500.00?
  2. kadleck

    kadleck Artist in Residence Staff Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    new york
    Joe -

    If the organizer (who obviously knows this is a freebie) hooks you up with a pianist, I'd bet that the pianist knows the deal. Still, it may be worth checking with the organizer.

    Maybe you could say something like this to the pianist: "I know this is a benefit, but can I offer you something for your time?" That way, he/she is aware that you are playing for free and that any cost will come out of your pocket. I bet the pianist takes the high road and doesn't charge you, but I guess you should be prepared to pay something just in case.

  3. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    I played the concert yesterday and it went well.

    I offered to pay the piano player and he turned it down. He was playing for the same reason I did.
  4. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    Good show Joe.

    Glad it went well.

  5. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    Win, win.... and win!

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