Trumpet Discussion Discuss Getting stiffed in the General forums; I am also with the idea of trust. If you look back you will see that I posted that I ...
I am also with the idea of trust. If you look back you will see that I posted that I thought you would get paid.
The only time I really had trouble was with students (parents) and I didn't get paid a couple of times from schools and had the union call.
I used to play along with a guy that was just like the guy Manny talked about. This guy was a really good player and really rude. He doesn't play any more.
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When I was in college, I took it upon myself to take some business classes due to the fact that one day I would have a budget as a band director. I never ended up being a band director but those classes helped when I played gigs on the side while in the Army. IMHO, business classes should be a requirement in college for anyone wanting a degree. It helps to avoid situations like the one in this post. Just my 2cents.
P.S. Glad you weren't stiffed in the end.
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I've been playing weddings for over 30 years and have never been stiffed, but sometimes it takes a WHILE for them to get around to paying. I nicely tell people when they hire me that after the wedding they are going to be very busy with pictures, the reception, etc. I very much appreciate it if they give the organist my payment at the rehearsal. That makes one less thing for them to remember the next day.
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This thread reminds me of a wedding I played in Houston just a few weeks before I moved here back in 1997. It was a "society" wedding for some very wealthy people in Houston who paid me with a check right before the service. I went and cashed it the next day, and it came back with the account closed! Basically with that check there was nothing I could do. I was so mad! I started calling them daily, calls which were never returned, and was going to persue it to the end, but as I say, I got a job here and never had to opportunity to collect. Had I continued doing that sort of freelancing I definitely would have changed my business practices!
Not just for musicians, Mike. When I graduated with my Engineering degree I thought I had it all set; a few years working in head offices and doing some contract administration (along with setting cost/price points for industrial equipment) changed all that. First opportunity I got I was back at school for a 2nd in Business Management. Never regretted it for a moment (and it was actually FUN to get out of the race for a couple of years).
Originally Posted by FreshBrewed
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