What Does It Cost To Book Your Favorite Artist? The Big Bucks In Live Shows
All music can be traced back to the live performance. Entertainment as a form of escapism is prevalent in all cultures.Those with the talent to help others smile, laugh, or cry at will, have always been valued. We hear the stories of artists going to the funeral home with nothing more than a name…but is that always the case?
How To Get Paid
For the bands, DJ’s, and Rappers who are sharp enough to capitalize on the draw associated with their name and music, concerts and appearances are lucrative. In many instances, artists who have signed away their publishing and merchandising rights survive off of their live shows. How much money really changes hands for your favorite performer to hit the stage?
Thinking of booking Big Boi from Outkast? That’s going to cost you a cool, $50,000 to 75,000. That’s a discount compared to the $120,000 you’ll pay on a good night to book Andersen Paak. Perhaps you have have an additional $250,000 for Travis Scott, to play your college…sorry he doesn’t play colleges.
The perks that come along with being an international superstar are innumerable. Do you want to book Billy Joel? You better have a couch, 2 easy chairs NOT recliners, and two floor lamps for indirect lighting.While James Brown was alive and leaving crowds in a cold sweat, bringing the Godfather of Soul to your town was an impossibility without the services of a 186 inch limo.
Rhianna – The Bajan Diva gets between $500,000 and $750,00 dollars per show.
Jimi Hendrix- Commanded the largest check at Woodstock. A whopping $18,000. The equivalent of $125,000 today.
Run Dmc – This groundbreaking Hip-Hip trio, was making $75,000 a show in the 80’s.
Flo Rida – Is rumored to have turned down a 30 minute set down the street from his house for hundreds of thousands of dollars because his fee was $500,000 at the time
Beyonce – An unfathomable amount of money along with a dressing room kept at 78 degrees. Chicken legs “HEAVILY SEASONED” with cayenne pepper and rose-scented candles, and all Pepsi products. 1 Large table for catering dressed with white tablecloths. 4 Brand New White Towels in bathroom (2 face & 2 body.) Juicy Baked Chicken: Legs, Wings & Breast only with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper HEAVILY SEASONED!! Steamed Garlic Broccoli, Lightly Seasoned Green Beans , Lightly Seasoned Steamed Spinach , 1 Case of Aquafina water (half cold, half room temperature) 1 Hot Tea Set up (Please have NEW Coffee Pot) , Sliced Lemons Wedges, Lighter for candles.
Ed Sheeran – This crooner has the highest grossing tour of all time at $775,046,937
Count it up
Artists on the road create opportunities via new revenue streams, and infectious momentum. The best of the best become brands in themselves and in turn, money making machines. An exciting live show, coupled with a hit record can equal a lot of trips to the bank.