going rate?

Jane

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What is the hourly going rate for hiring a tabla player to play during dance class? Also, are they tipped?
 

Shanazel

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I'm not sure what musician union scale wages are, but I'd find out and offer to pay that amount unless the tabla player happened to be my husband- then I'd offer to sleep with him. :D

Professional musicians paid a professional fee shouldn't expect to be tipped.
 

Jane

New member
That's a great idea! Where do I find musician's union wage info? Chamber of Commerce?

I wish my husband played an instrument, he just fly-fishes. A lot. :lol:
 

alosha

New member
:lol:

Not even touching the endless array of innuendoes I can come up with for fly fishing!

:lol:
 

Jane

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Ha! Funny I never thought of that! :lol::lol:

I always thought making fake bugs out of feathers and yarn was weird enough...
 

Jane

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What a brilliant idea Shanazel! My friend is the pres. of the Billings Community Orchestra, I have written her. As soon as hear back, I'll post it.
 

Lydia

New member
i pay them like they would get payd for a gig ,simply because they looze their evening and can not perform if they come to me.....sometimes they come for free because i book them all treu the years and even when i can not go, i give them gigs for themself and i never take commision from anybody ...so they want to do me a favour back and come for free
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
Thanks, Jane. It's the type of brilliance that comes from living with a musician for thirty years. :lol:
 

Jane

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i pay them like they would get payed for a gig ,simply because they looze their evening and can not perform if they come to me.....sometimes they come for free because i book them all thru the years and even when i can not go, i give them gigs for themself and i never take commision from anybody ...so they want to do me a favour back and come for free
Yes, this makes sense. The class I would use the drummer for would be on a Tuesday night. I don't believe he would lose any performance gigs on a Tues. However, it would only be for special occasions because he lives pretty far away. I will just talk to him and work something out. I found out the going rate here is $50 an hour, which is more than I make teaching the class per hour, so I will have to negotiate something we both think is fair.
 

PracticalDancer

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Yes, this makes sense. The class I would use the drummer for would be on a Tuesday night. I don't believe he would lose any performance gigs on a Tues. However, it would only be for special occasions because he lives pretty far away. I will just talk to him and work something out. I found out the going rate here is $50 an hour, which is more than I make teaching the class per hour, so I will have to negotiate something we both think is fair.
So, here is an idea: since it would be for "special occasions," you could defray the cost by having the students chip in to have him as a guest instructor. You should not have to pay out of pocket; it should be those who benefit from having him as a special purpose teacher. 10 students at $5 a pop doesn't seem so bad, does it? (assuming that your teaching location OK's it.)

Regards,

Anala
 

gisela

Super Moderator
Yes, I was just thinking about some drawing classes many years ago where we usually had to chip in for a croquis model. Everyone thought that was fine and fair so you could always present the idea to your students. I am sure they will see that they will get a lot out of the few extra bucks.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
Fifty dollars an hour? Damn. Good thing I'm married to my drummer and can entice him with my female wiles.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
Jane, I asked my husband what he makes hourly as a concert musician. He says it varies between groups, but generally somewhere between $15-20 per hour. Fifty dollars an hour is pretty nice work if you can get it; I make approximately half that teaching dance. If you asked at the Billings symphony, I suspect they quoted you price per performance or rehearsal rather than hourly rate. If this was the individual's stated rate, was he figuring in travel time as well?
 

Jane

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Jane, I asked my husband what he makes hourly as a concert musician. He says it varies between groups, but generally somewhere between $15-20 per hour. Fifty dollars an hour is pretty nice work if you can get it; I make approximately half that teaching dance. If you asked at the Billings symphony, I suspect they quoted you price per performance or rehearsal rather than hourly rate. If this was the individual's stated rate, was he figuring in travel time as well?
I think it was cartage and performance. I had better clarify huh?
 

Aniseteph

New member
The chipping in thing would save me a lot. I think I'll do that :think:
We had a live tabla workshop last year and I think the cost, and the minimum number of students for it to run, was a little higher than usual to cover his fee. I had absolutely NO problem with that - it was a fantastic experience and worth every penny.
 
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