FAQ

How much does it cost to hire you?

     For exact pricing, visit the band page you are interested in and contact Lizzy for more information.

     That depends on how many people you want in the band. It’s very important to be sure that musicians are paid a fair and living wage. Since the 1920s, the standard payment per musician has been $100. That hasn’t changed with inflation, and people who would like to make a living playing music can’t. In fact, I regularly get calls that I turn down because people want us to play for less than $100 or even free.  I can’t, in good conscience, pay a musician less than $100. Equally frustrating are musicians who regularly play for free…this harms the economy, and makes it more difficult for professional musicians to make a living. Everyone deserves a living wage.

     A musician doesn’t just show up for a couple of hours the night of your event. We often provide our own PA systems, we spend time rehearsing, we learn new songs, we haul around and purchase our own gear. PA systems can be thousands of dollars. Microphones and amplifiers can be easily broken. There is a surprising (to some) amount of overhead and time we spend outside of the gig date preparing for the event. If you break down the $100 into time spent in preparation, most musicians end up making less than minimum wage.

     If you would like to hire my musicians, I charge $150 per musician for the first 2 hours. After the first 2 hours, I charge $35 per musician per hour. All of that money goes directly to the musicians. Fees can be negotiable based on your situation and the band being hired.

     Note: Occasionally musicians will donate their time and music for a good cause. This is done at the discretion of the musician and shouldn’t be confused with someone playing for free. A tax form is filled out and returned to the musician so they can claim a deduction during tax season.

     

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