Have you ever wondered how much you should be charging for gigs in order to actually make a sustainable living wage?
I’ve got a great new tool for you to try out…
This Might Just Blow You Away!
I know it did for me.
Teaching Artists Guild has just created a really powerful calculator to help us get right on what we should be charging.
Don’t be put off by the name.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re someone who works as a teaching artist or not – if you’re a performing artist of any kind, prepare to get knocked over.
This tool is essentially a living wage calculator, and it’s going to tell you (I’m guessing) that you’re not charging enough.
Here’s How to Use It
Simply substitute “playing weddings” or “performing in clubs” (or whatever) if the “Teaching Artistry” label doesn’t fit.
And if it’s an individual hiring you for a private or public event of some kind, I guess that makes them a “Small” organization.
IF IT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU – The calculator works with 620 pre-defined metro regions, so make sure to select the nearest metro area to your location.
This calculator will NOT tell you what others are getting, or what price point would increase your chances of getting the gig.
It tells you what you NEED to be making in order to live sustainably.
Ready to Try It?
After you’ve used the calculator (link below), I’d love it if you’d return here and post your results in the “Comments” section below.
Are you already charging enough for your work? (I am!)
Do you need to find a new path? (I have some ideas.)
Let’s talk about it below.
Here’s the calculator – Performing Artist Pay Rate Calculator
About The Blog
Since leaving a white-collar marketing job in 1992, Dave Ruch has been educating and entertaining full-time in schools, historical societies and museums, folk music and concert venues, libraries, and online via distance learning programs.
Along the way, he’s learned a great deal about supporting a family of four as a musician.
The Educate and Entertain blog provides articles, tips, encouragements, and how-to’s for regional performers (in any region) interested in making a great full-time living in the arts.