Post # 1
Hey guys, I was just quoted the following to have musicians play during our cocktail “hour” from 5-6:30pm:
For a string trio: $1100,
For a string duo: $800,
For 1 classical guitarist: $350,
For 1 harpist: $975
This seems really high to me for just an hour an a half. Am I wrong?
Post # 3
Our cocktail hour/ceremony musicians originally wanted $2500. I talked them down to $1000 but it was also a friend of a friend type of favour. I agree, the price is atrocious considering the time span. BUT then Darling Husband pointed out they have to travel to the site and back, and divide up the price by the number of people in the band (in our case there were 3 of them). Our venue was an hour+ away from the city, so when I looked at it that way it didn’t seem totally unfair. Plus Darling Husband really wanted them, so I caved.
Post # 4
@bakerella: It does make sense, sort of, but even if you count it as 4 hours to include the drive that would still be $250 an hour. That seems crazy to me.
I emailed alma mater to see if they knew any students who would be interested. We’ll see how that goes.
Post # 5
@MrsMcGyro: Oooh that’s a good idea! See if there are any other colleges in your area that have specialized music programs too. I know my college had a jazz program that rocked!
Post # 6
I ended up booking my musicians through gigmasters – check it out and see what kind of price quotes you get (you basically find the musicians, enter in your date, time and specs and the ones you select bid on the job.
I’m in Los Angeles and my quotes averaged $600-800 (depending on size/type, etc).
The people I ended up selecting gave me a price break because they were able to book another gig for the rest of the night.
The pricing you are getting is likely because it takes up their whole evening vs. the actual amount of time they are playing.