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1st gig in a very long time. New Year's Eve. Three 45 min sets (45 songs). 15 piece band. Boston area. What's the going rate for a drummer? Just curious if I'm getting paid fairly.
 

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Are you the early bird band or are you playing through midnight and bringing in the New Year?

What's the venue? Your buddy's cousin's backyard or a legit place?
 

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The gig is at a small hotel in Hampton beach NH, so not exactly Boston but within 1 hour. They offered $250. I agreed because (a) I had nothing else going on and (b) I haven’t gigged in 30 years and thought it would be fun. I did think $250 felt a bit low but I’m not really into this one for the $$. By the time I learn the 45 songs and pack up, load, pack out gear I’ll prob be making $4.50/hour ;). Oh well, just curious how bad I was getting fleeced.

Also- this is the headline band, playing through midnight, not an early bird thing
 

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They offered $250. I agreed because ....I'm not really into this one for the $$
OK so you haven't gigged in a very long time, and it'll be a fun gig. I get all that but you're being taken advantage of. I always consider how much would it cost to have a plumber or an electrician to my house for four hours? It doesn't really matter that there are 14 other guys in the band. That's what the client asked for and that's what they need to pay for. Anyone who wants a band of that size for their party on NYE isn't concerned about the money...trust me.

Here are things I'd want to know ahead of time...even if I was getting paid twice that.
When does it start?
When does the gig end. Midnight..1am when?
Are the sets back to back or is there a long break somewhere?
Are they expecting us to set up early or can I arrive 30 minutes before downbeat.
Is there food or drink provided?
What are we being paid if the gig goes over the 3 sets.
Do I have to wear a tux? (my fee just doubled)
Can I bring my wife/girlfriend or both?
Can they comp me a room?
How are we going to play 45 songs in three 45 minute sets? ;-)

At any rate...have fun...it's NYE for fuk sake.
 

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Yeah, thanks for the advice, this is all what I was looking for. I'm sure I'll have a blast playing in front of people again. They've already asked me if I'd play another gig with them mid-Jan at a casino and I put the breaks on because I want to see how NYE goes. At that point, if I decide to continue on, I'll be negotiating better everything and I've already told them I'd only be interested as an occasional fill-in, rather than their full time guy.

This is a wedding, event band and that's not what I'm looking for at all. I've got a pretty demanding full time non-musical job already so occasional low key bar gigs in cover bands is my ideal sweet spot (for now - who knows) and I know I won't be getting paid much for those.
 

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My buddy always told me if you can get paid to play an instrument do it. He always said you can go out and make a 100$ or you can sit home and make nothing. My minimum is 100 no matter how long the gig is. New years I’d expect atleast 200 giving some places still bouncing back from Covid and crap guess it really depends on the area. But at the end of the day you can sit at home and watch the ball drop or make 250 for playing drums
 

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Sounds like a great time and to me the pay is pretty good! Granted I don't gig regularly either... But playing drums on NYE is always a blast, and pretty much beats anything else I would be doing.
 

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This is a wedding, event band
Kudos for having another full time gig and managing drumming on your own terms.

Out of curiosity....is the NYE gig also a wedding? If so the agent or band member who booked it is making way more money than you'd think. I'd be very curious what the other guys in the band are making, especially if you're subbing for their regular drummer...if ya know what I'm getting at.
 

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I personally find that fee a bit low even by local standards here for NYE but only you can decide whether it's worth it. I turned down one for NYE at about that fee because even though it's a restaurant, the band would not be fed ....felt it was cheap of the venue... and this was for a quartet. A big band is always at a disadvantage but that is the venue's issue not the band members.
 

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Yeah, $250 for a normal gig is fine.
Where I live, entertainment venues are charging an arm and a leg for Xmas and NYE customers. You aren't being treated as a valued contributor if they are paying $250 to work on NYE.
The PROBLEM with this is that it sinks everyone's standard of living. If they can find a band to perform on NYE for $250 each, that stops other musicians who desperately need the money from earning MORE on the best paid night of the year.
 

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My buddy always told me if you can get paid to play an instrument do it. He always said you can go out and make a 100$ or you can sit home and make nothing.
At the same time, if you don't value your time, don't expect other people to value it.
It takes a lot of effort (and money) to learn drums and play them to a good standard.
 

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At the same time, if you don't value your time, don't expect other people to value it.
It takes a lot of effort (and money) to learn drums and play them to a good standard.
Well seeing how I’ve been in the same band for 6 years (the last band I was in was for 12 years) and play every weekend and know the base pay for bands in my area and do all the booking I’m pretty sure I’m good.
 
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