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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / We got a "tip" at today's gig....



Earn while you learn
Jul 7th, 2018 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

My ensemble played a very high-end wedding ceremony this afternoon at a place that was "over the top"...tons of "old money".

Prior to the gig my violinist and I walked through the lobby to find the function coordinator and there was a harpist (classical harpist) playing in the lobby!

Well, the ceremony went quite well (as most do). While we were packing up I looked over and saw the bride's father coming our way...in kind of a hurry...

He came over to us, shook our hands thanking us for a great job and gave each one of us a $50.00 bill. That's $200.00 for our quartet!

The bride's father was very down-to-earth, appreciative, and pleasant...

The above almost never happens when we play for "the pretty people" (our terminology for those clients with more money than God)that we see at most Newport weddings....usually we get treated like the maid....

There is hope...

My classical group

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Jul 8th, 2018 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile  


My wife (violinist) sometimes plays in a quartet. They often get compliments. But I don't know that they've ever been tipped.

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Ooo that sandwich

is gonna get et
Jul 8th, 2018 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll betcha the bride's father is a self-made man. He knows what it's like to work.

People that grow up with a silver spoon in their mouth tend to treat all hired help with disdain.


Arkansas, USA

Jul 13th, 2018 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

The other night our 4 piece band got tipped $400 for playing House of the Rising Sun.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Jul 18th, 2018 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

The last time I got a tip, the guy suggested I give up music and become a DJ. He had a point, that is about as far from musician as you could be.

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Shreveport, LA

There I was one night...
Nov 14th, 2018 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's awesome! I got a $0.36 tip after my first open mic performance. It was all down hill from there.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Nov 16th, 2018 05:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

The "old money" folks know how to treat those who perform services for them. I used to work security for a big swanky annual event at a big swanky local CC and was always compensated and treated very well. They were always appreciative.

The "new money" folks could take a lesson, generally speaking.


Pacific Northwest

Dec 25th, 2018 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Best tip my trio ever got was in 1976 in Kodiak.
$150 to quit playing for one hour while the party of people ate dinner.
There were no other bar patrons so we took it.

S Mac

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San Francisco, CA

Dec 25th, 2018 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

No one tipped me as well as former 49er's head coach, Bill Walsh.

For a number of years he hired me to play at his wife's birthday party in Palo Alto. My standard fee has always been $100/hr with a 2 hr minimum.

Bill paid me my rate and anywhere from $400 to $500 extra as a tip! Never met a nicer guy.


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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Dec 25th, 2018 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got a tip once: "take two weeks off and then quit."

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