How much should local musicians charge for performances?
Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Caesar (Kuwait Music)
It is known fact. Corporations and organizations in Kuwait will try and get out of paying a dime at any given opportunity. Just ask bands and DJs in Kuwait.
With more companies looking to hire bands for services, performance rates are up in the air and standardization of fees is still something that doesn’t look like happening. To make things worse, almost “every” company in Kuwait has a notion that if it is a local band that they should either perform for free or play for peanuts.
So, what do hard working bands who practice regularly and have elaborate setups do? Sit and wait? Engage in price wars with other bands who are not in the same class? Do heavy promotion in close circles and charge specific fees and hope something hits. There have been a few bands that have succeeded in landing paid gigs regularly, but probably too few to be considered substantial. What advice can they give other younger bands who want to earn a buck too and are tired of performing for a few KD just because they are “local”?