Episode art: Show Me the Money: How to Avoid Getting Burned When Playing Shows
Show Me the Money: How to Avoid Getting Burned When Playing Shows

You know what’s super awkward? When a band plays a show and afterwards asks to get paid – even though payment was never discussed before the event.

Yeah, not getting paid sucks, but why would you expect pay if nothing was offered in advance?

If the talent buyer doesn’t make a clear offer, then it’s your responsibility to ask about payment terms before confirming the show.

Ideally the venue or promoter makes an offer that outlines all the deal terms but that can’t be expected, unfortunately.

Listen now to learn how and why you should ask for payment information and get those terms in an email before you book your next show!

What you’ll learn:

  • The importance of getting deals in writing
  • Why asking about pay for the first time after playing is tasteless
  • The signs of a bad or incompetent promoter
  • When the artist is in the wrong for asking for pay
  • Why bands who don’t ask about payment in advance are amateurs
  • Professional communication about pay
  • What items need to be covered when discussing pay
  • How to offer yourself a bit of protection as a DIY band

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