so much money are you pub bands getting then ?

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D28boyD28boy Frets: 6
just seen that a local DJ got £1200 for an event...makes our £250 look sad ! Just wondered what other bands got paid
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 10740
    We'll play for 250 if we've nothing else on and it's within 10 miles, but usually it's 350-400 for pub gigs. 
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  • Rowby1Rowby1 Frets: 385
    Minimum is £350 unless it’s because we’re doing someone a favour or it’s for charity....mate.
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  • D28boy said:
    just seen that a local DJ got £1200 for an event...makes our £250 look sad ! Just wondered what other bands got paid
    One of you brings in a few extra punters and sells a few dozen extra pints, the other brings in kids paying a cover plus escalating drinks prices.

    Seems a bit disproportionate though.
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  • We play a yacht club for £230 every eight weeks, played a pub for £350 and a nightclub for £450.

    Hoping to get yacht club dates for next year at £350/gig.
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  • Anywhere from £350-£500 depending on the venue and distance travelled.
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3787
    One band I'm in have a minimum of £400 for a local pub gig, my main band have a minimum of £600 for pub gigs. 

    There's plenty of local bands doing gigs for £250 to £300 though  as well  ...... you can however charge a lot more if you can give the venue a good bar take
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  • From £250 - £350 for pubs. 

    Absolete min is £200 (so £50 each) but only for ones with very little travelling. 
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  • From £250 - £350 for pubs. 

    Absolete min is £200 (so £50 each) but only for ones with very little travelling. 
    Given it up now but same as this. We did the odd gig for money on the door but it was always rubbish - we earned little and the pub sold little beer. 
    Assholes are like opinions - mine’s on the internet. 
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  • From £250 - £350 for pubs. 

    Absolete min is £200 (so £50 each) but only for ones with very little travelling. 
    Given it up now but same as this. We did the odd gig for money on the door but it was always rubbish - we earned little and the pub sold little beer. 
    Sorry to hear that mate. Hopefully you'll be back out again soon.

    We're on the same sort of fees but a bit more for some key gigs each year. We've had to build a mini following to do that at places though. We're currently doing a few new venues so we're back down at £250.
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  • From £250 - £350 for pubs. 

    Absolete min is £200 (so £50 each) but only for ones with very little travelling. 
    Given it up now but same as this. We did the odd gig for money on the door but it was always rubbish - we earned little and the pub sold little beer. 
    Sorry to hear that mate. Hopefully you'll be back out again soon.

    We're on the same sort of fees but a bit more for some key gigs each year. We've had to build a mini following to do that at places though. We're currently doing a few new venues so we're back down at £250.
    I miss the regular exercise most.

    And fair to say we weren’t getting £350 straight out the gate, there were a few lesser gigs on the way. 
    Assholes are like opinions - mine’s on the internet. 
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 2467
    Our baseline is £300. There is one small pub we do for less, but we’ve been playing there for years and it’s steady business with no sales effort. My objective is to cover costs. If I wanted to make money from music then I wouldn’t be playing in a pub covers band.
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  • Roland said:
    If I wanted to make money from music then I wouldn’t be playing in a pub covers band.
    Same here. To me it’s a hobby that just so happens to leave me with a few quid in my pocket at the end of the night, and I enjoy it.

    There’s plenty of hobbies where you buy expensive kit and don’t get anything back (other than pleasure). 

    I generally look at it that i’m being paid for lugging the stuff around, setting up, getting home late etc. The playing is the fun bit. 
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 2467
    ... To me it’s a hobby that just so happens to leave me with a few quid in my pocket ... 
    I make sure that I don’t make a profit in any tax year by constantly investing in band equipment
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  • Roland said:
    Our baseline is £300.
    Jesus - how much to get the rest of you to join in?
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  • Oop 'ere in Sheffield:

    We will gig at a venue that provides P.A and Sound Engineer for £200 - £250 and they are good guys at the venues here.

    We will insist on £250 - £300 for gigs where we bring P.A. Fee depends on distance and other factors..Local Pub etc.

    We generally only do Pubs.

    Sometimes they serve up Tapas as a treat :)
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  • Roland said:
    Our baseline is £300.
    Jesus - how much to get the rest of you to join in?
    We get paid on the proviso that I don't join in.
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  • newi123newi123 Frets: 384
    Swindon based 4 piece rock band. Min is £250 in a pub - we bring a few but don`t drag a big crowd along. Most local bands seem to get the same here.




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  • deloreandelorean Frets: 152
    Herts-based band here - minimum £350-400 for pub gigs.
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2706
    And Essex based funk/covers band and a Suffolk based country rock band, both getting the £300 mark irrespective of the night of the week and the number of musicians.
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  • ESBlonde said:
    And Essex based funk/covers band and a Suffolk based country rock band, both getting the £300 mark irrespective of the night of the week and the number of musicians.
    you need to get up offa that ting....and get some more money
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 1046
    edited November 2018
    In my area we'll get £250 -£350 in a pub depending on how long we play for

    Wish I lived on the south coast where bands are payed properly
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  • Essex rock covers - getting 200 - 300 from pubs in essex and suffolk.

    Interestingly we managed to get a few more quid from a couple of the venues we play at - by way of background we set our fee at 200 quid when we started a few years ago and got nowhere fast on the pay 'increase' front until we got to know the landlord / lady despite knowing full well they were paying some bands a lot more for, in cover band terms, the same songs.

    And at one of our favorite venues we get a bit more as the landlady is usually smashed out of her head and leads the dancing!!
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  • onyironyir Frets: 6
    Rock covers band in Blackpool area. We normally get 250-300 for the usual 2 set gig (about 2 hours with a 15 minute break)
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  • Mark_RMark_R Frets: 74
    Very interesting, just joined a band and we are looking at getting our first gigs booked for April.  Good to know where we should aim at. 
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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1597
    £250 for local pubs in somerset, 3 hour set with a break in the middle.
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  • Roland said:
    If I wanted to make money from music then I wouldn’t be playing in a pub covers band.
    Same here. To me it’s a hobby that just so happens to leave me with a few quid in my pocket at the end of the night, and I enjoy it.

    There’s plenty of hobbies where you buy expensive kit and don’t get anything back (other than pleasure). 

    I generally look at it that i’m being paid for lugging the stuff around, setting up, getting home late etc. The playing is the fun bit. 

    Exactly this.  Plus it works out cheaper than golf as a hobby (until you get into the world of GAS).  I've worked it out over the last few years and with buying a guitar or two I'm claiming it as cost neutral.
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  • Don’t understand why the prices have been the same for so long. I remember getting £250 for a four piece rock covers band in the late ‘80’s. I was getting £300 for a backing track based rock trio with me and two girl singers 20 years ago. If inflation was taken into account a band should be on at least £500 by now. I suppose it’s an indication of the state of the pub trade and the amount of bands battling for the gigs. Lucky we bloody well enjoy it, I wouldn’t do 6 hours work for £50 in any other job...
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  • Don’t understand why the prices have been the same for so long. I remember getting £250 for a four piece rock covers band in the late ‘80’s. I was getting £300 for a backing track based rock trio with me and two girl singers 20 years ago. If inflation was taken into account a band should be on at least £500 by now. I suppose it’s an indication of the state of the pub trade and the amount of bands battling for the gigs. Lucky we bloody well enjoy it, I wouldn’t do 6 hours work for £50 in any other job...

    Because pubs are in such a bad state.

    About half the places I used to play have gone under or turned into restaurants. The ones that are open pay bugger all.
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  • MentalSharpsMentalSharps Frets: 35
    edited December 2018
    I always wonder whether it could be technically challenge in court that it's prohibited to exhibit copyrighted works (the actual recordings) in public and charge money for it?

    Aside specifically from dance music genres, the average pub DJ's don't actually add anything to the music they play they just select the songs and swich between them so it can't be argued to be creative or 'musical' for that kind of DJ'ing.

    If they had to pay royalties for playing the recordings it might be a bit fairer to bands or people who can play covers or original stuff. Also it would help the electronic musicians who DJ and play their own material or people on their labels.
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8752
    edited December 2018
    I always wonder whether it could be technically challenge in court that it's prohibited to exhibit copyrighted works (the actual recordings) in public and charge money for it?

    Aside specifically from dance music genres, the average pub DJ's don't actually add anything to the music they play they just select the songs and swich between them so it can't be argued to be creative or 'musical' for that kind of DJ'ing.

    If they had to pay royalties for playing the recordings it might be a bit fairer to bands or people who can play covers or original stuff. Also it would help the electronic musicians who DJ and play their own material or people on their labels.

    That's why you need a PRS license
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