>Lara asked; > >> Dare I ask exactly what >> other folks are paying to hire a band for an evening dance?
We have very quite a few talented and generous musicians in the San
Francisco Bay Area.
I think the price now for monthly parties, with excellent live music and
potluck snacks, is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. Attendance
varies, but it is usually well under a hundred dancers. Most of that ends
up going to pay for the halls, which are increasingly expensive and hard to
find. The musicians are paid 33% of the revenue or a set minimum. There are
usually 4 to 6 musicians. (I'm not on the branch committee any longer, so
this may not be the current arrangement.)
The annual Valentines Ball runs about $30. It is held in a real ballroom,
with a larger band and catered midnight tea. I think the band gets an
agreed upon amount for this event instead of a percentage. Other
once-a-year events (Labor Day Gala, Victorian Scottish Ball, special events)
cost $12 to $30, and probably have similar agreements with the band.
I don't know how (or even if) the gentlemen who kindly show up early to set
up the sound systems are compensated.
When you split the money up among the band members, you can see that they do
not make nearly enough to compensate for all the time that goes into making
arrangements, rehearsing, travelling, setting-up and playing for the event.
Most class teachers are paid a small honorarium, which does not fully
compensate them for the time it takes to prepare for and teach a class. So,
we are deeply indebted to both musicians and teachers for their generous