Alright, now that we’re past the death threats from douche bags, lets move on to something new. A short conversation I had yesterday on the Facebook page raised a good question in my mind. How much should a band require as a guarantee to play a show?
I know, every promoter in the world just had a fucking heart attack, because how dare they pay the band!?
Fuck you guys, get the fuck out.
Bands need money, it’s that simple. They need to pay for gas, food, merch, equipment, transportation, and sometimes court-fees. Promoters have a bad habit of expecting a band to pay to play. That shit is getting real old my friends, so stop with that shit already.
If you book a band that lives three hours away from the venue, you could at least throw them a reasonable amount of gas money. Handing them $10.00 and telling them to have a great night is not a reasonable amount. Booking a show takes money. You need to pay for the bands, the venue, the sound, the lights, and someone to run everything. If you can’t afford to pay the bands you book, don’t book shows.
Why should a band drive hours to play a show where only the promoter makes money? What does the promoter actually do, what is their talent? Often times a band does all the promotion, so why exactly are they getting a dime of the money that bands bring in?
I want to know right now what you guys think a reasonable guarantee is for a local band.