I'm with Tigger you do you man. We have a wide variety here everything from young guys that are learning to old salts that are willing to pick up a few tricks. Hobbyists to people that make their whole living in the business and hobbyists that think they run a business. I love DJing but I don't see doing it for free on a regular basis but if it works for you props to youMany of us are fine with hobbyists - but as a hobbyist, you also have to understand the other side of the conversation.
I can't speak for everyone but I maintain artistic control over my shows in my contract. Obviously when I'm playing events such as weddings I have to allow others input and do what they want in a lot of cases but for what you say you're doing there is no real reason to lose artistic control regardless of working for free or paidOk so How am I supposed to fix this if I charge then my love for music hobby will then lose its value in my sole then its just a job and if I'm payed then I'm bound by rules and I lose my artistic touch. I could try n tell myself its ok but that wont help
We charge because we have a love for the music (and all other performers / entertainers that also value this business and/or hobby). We understand the value of an event. These funds also help buy better things (equipment, lighting, music, etc) - without taking away funds from primary jobs (for those that have them). Most of our businesses pay for themselves (and much more).Ok so How am I supposed to fix this if I charge then my love for music hobby will then lose its value in my sole then its just a job and if I'm payed then I'm bound by rules and I lose my artistic touch. I could try n tell myself its ok but that wont help
People should be thanked - I don't disagree - but there is a cost and a value for this. If you thank people with food, do you get the food free? .. and if so, is it really free (as in no one paid for it?) Is storing, cooking, moving it free? Do you get free portapotties (again, truly free?). Is power in these remote locations 'free'? Each of these things have an associated cost - as does playing DJ. Do your guests think the portapotties have a value? What about the food? When you make it free, you remove the value. Vendors that donate items are also donating a value - and quite a few of them can write that off (sadly, by established laws, a vendor cannot donate their time or services .. aka DJ). Unless specifically addressed, the fee your group charges .. is ultimately what people think pays for all of these things.maybe this will help so the events i do are about volunteer's the gambler and my event are about cleaning the forest we have had the largest volunteer clean up in the nation so 4000 people clean the forest for free . what should we charge them for music after all that hard work .we already not me but the gambler founder charges 40 per motor vehicle to stay in camp .that's to pay for camp cost.
A wedding reception is the party that the wedding couple is throwing for their friends - there is no need for the guests to know the price (but there is a known and established value between the customer and the performer). In this example, the DJ / entertainer is the hired help - and while you may not announce a price, most guests can tell the value. If you've ever been to a club with a really good DJ - did you know what the club was paying that performer? What about a bad performer? In either scenario, was there a need for you (the visitor) to know how much they were being paid? If the bathrooms at a wedding are a trough, a portapotty or an indoor bathroom - do your guests not see a value? Served meals vs buffet vs pot luck vs byo - is there not a value seen? Karaoke singer vs Carrie - is there not a valued difference?So a wedding if you charge 2000 cash to do 4 hour set say 500 people attend .well 498 people at the wedding are getting a free DJ .the only ones that know the value are the bride n groom and possibly a wedding planner . so when you talking to the audience do you tell them by the way I cost the newlyweds 2000 cash so please show me respect and value .