What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I generally ask for $200 p/h- for PRIVATE gigs. I sometimes accept $150 if i sense that the client genuinely struggles financially and that it would be a great contact for the future.
I ask for $250 when its a CORPORATE gig.
I'll ask for gas money compensation if the client is 40-100 miles away from me. Usually its no more than $50.
If the event is 2 hours or more I would give you a good deal-
for PRIVATE gigs- $300 for 2 hours or $450 for 3 hours
for CORPORATE gigs- $400 for 2 hours or $600 for 3 hours
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Music has been in my blood from such an early age that I can;t see myself doing anything else. Plus I love being creative so the compositional/ songwriting part so naturally emerged into my music life.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I play at hotel lobbies
I play at restaurants that host live music
I play at birthday parties
I play cocktail parties and receptions at weddings
I play for corporate cocktail parties- sometimes with a dj
I record on other musician's projects
I perform in other musician's bands
I freelance in local orchestras
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I played at this lady's 60th surprise birthday party.
It was very sweet because it was only for her girlfriends so she was really delighted with the whole vibe.
All the ladies thanked me for the music and were super kind overall.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
To decide what type of energy/ vibe they want for their event, an if they like something cozy, peaceful, chilled, easygoing and fun- they can count on me to supply them that type of vibe with my music.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That as I play my own music for their event- it would be really neat for them to know the ridiculous amount of time and the entire process it took to bring that very music to them from conception to publication.