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New Year's Piano Rates ?


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What are you bidding this year?

 

$150 an hour with a 2 hour minimum?

 

Piano provide d by venue. 50 cents per mile travel fee.

 

Same rates as Thanksgiving?

Harry Likas was the Technical Editor of Mark Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" and also helped develop "The Jazz Piano Book." Harry spends his time teaching jazz piano online and playing solo piano gigs.

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I often price myself out of the market on purpose.

 

This year I have three gigs right in town! The first two are 40 minutes each, for $100 each.

 

The third starts at midnight, and goes until we're good and finished. It is to be the final gig for a good band that I've played with for years, that is calling it quits. I'll probably make $100 on that one too.

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I don't have experience doing piano-only gigs, but generally for my bands, it's been about 2-3x my normal rate for NYE.

Dan

 

Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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Here's what I know about the New York City area scene: since the debacle of the "millenium" 1999-2000 NYE gigs where most of the NYC club date bands priced themselves in the stratosphere and the venues lost their shirts, I have gone a few years without getting a single call for NYE. Or, a local restaurant gig for $100 or so which I turn down. Before 2000 I would make between $700 and $1200 for a NYE gig. Nowadays the established club date offices will pay the same or perhaps a little more than regular non-NYE bread. And, there are plenty of people that still get calls to do NYE gigs for less.
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Here's what I know about the New York City area scene: since the debacle of the "millenium" 1999-2000 NYE gigs where most of the NYC club date bands priced themselves in the stratosphere and the venues lost their shirts, I have gone a few years without getting a single call for NYE. Or, a local restaurant gig for $100 or so which I turn down. Before 2000 I would make between $700 and $1200 for a NYE gig. Nowadays the established club date offices will pay the same or perhaps a little more than regular non-NYE bread. And, there are plenty of people that still get calls to do NYE gigs for less.

Ex Jerseyorker Wow.. "millenium" 1999-2000 is blamed.. those padded prices? I made the most ever on NYE 1999-2000 $1000 with a large band no less. a semi big band. But you are right, here in San Diego things have really slowed down. I have done NYE since a teen,,, and in the past 5 years I think there was finally one or two years I stayed home. And this is "nothing personal", my fellow musicians report the same thing.

I think I am making just under $500 this year.

Not good, but better than one year recently where I scuffled to do three short gigs and netted about $300!!

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I'm sure there's probably a greater high to low margin at NYE - the bands that are in demand get top dollar, everybody else fights for scraps.

 

Case in point, I won't be playing this year, and didn't play last year, but in my old band, we'd pull over $1,000 per man for NYE. The best was one year at a casino when NYE landed on a Monday. They booked us Fri-Sat at our normal weekend rate, Monday at NYE rate, and since we were already there, sunday at a reduced rate. 4 days in a row, 1 setup/teardown, $13,500 for the weekend for a 5-pc. If I could only do that EVERY weekend!!!

Dan

 

Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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Ex Jerseyorker Wow.. "millenium" 1999-2000 is blamed.. those padded prices? I made the most ever on NYE 1999-2000 $1000 with a large band no less. a semi big band.

The padded prices that the club date offices charged hotels, catering places, etc. I made $1200 that NYE, prob the most ever for me on that date. As I remember, the hotels lost a lot of money. NYE gigs were never the same after that, at least for me.

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Back in the day in NJ if you were booked in a club for the month of Dec it was standard for NYE to pay double what a regular night would pay.....I had more than one club owner go with "Well, if you guys play NYE at the regular price, I'll guarantee I'll book you guys in Jan"...Jan gigs were hard to come by so it worked more than once.
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