So, you have a big event coming up and you want to have live music. I can tell you, there is nothing like a quality professional band to make your event "over the top". On the flip side, there is nothing like the wrong band to make your event "flat out, annoying and outright right not fun for your attendees".
Here are some guidelines you can follow to make sure you hire the right band at the right price for your wedding, festival, graduation, and or event.
5 Tips For Hiring a Band:
- Determine your budget before contacting potential bands. It is always a good idea to have a solid budget in mind when hiring a band. What you will end up paying for the band will vary widely as bands set their own prices. The cost can be anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the size and length of the event. The popularity of the band also has a huge impact on cost. While you can probably hire a hungry new band right out of the garage for a one or two hundred dollars, the top band in town will probably be 10 times that much. Just remember: you get what you pay for.
- Check out bands before hiring them. There is nothing worse than hiring a band and finding out after the fact that they weren’t what you thought they were. Wrong style of music, unrehearsed, or just plain jerks, it pays to know what you are getting into. Try to find reviews, look them up on YouTube, read over their Facebook page. If possible, go see them actually perform live and talk to them. This will save you from potential headaches and embarrassment on the day of your event.
- Make sure both your expectations and the the bands expectations are clearly laid out. While many gigs are booked with a handshake, it is not a bad idea to write up a simple contract that states, when, where and how long the band is expected to play, agreed upon fee, and any other terms arranged with the band. For instance, will the band have a tab at the bar or access to drinks/food? Will there be other activities on the stage while the band plays such as announcements? Will the band have a green room/changing area?
- Be ready to host the band. Make sure you have sufficient space for the band to set up. If the event is outside, make sure there is a tent or shade. Direct sun is hard on both the musicians and their equipment. Plenty of power outlets need to be easily accessible. Make sure you have a place for the musicians to park their vehicles and easy access to the stage or playing area for load in and load out.
- Above all, make sure you take time to ENJOY the band you have hired!
About Bicycle Annie:
Bicycle Annie is a band based in Grand Junction, Colorado. Our goal with our blogs is to be a source of education, for not only the public but also other bands. One thing we have noticed over the past few years is that, bands are good at "self promotion", but tend to lack in educating the public about the changes in the industry and how bands actually survive in today's marketplace. On the other side we see the public wanting to connect with bands on a professional level (not just a fan) and not quite sure how to do this. We see a bit of a disconnect from the bands point of view and the public's point of view and we look forward to being a connecting point between them through relative content from both perspectives.
Look for future blogs from Bicycle Annie from each of our members as they each have a very different personalities and niche's in the industry and in their professions.