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Re: OT: Tour wrap-up
Yes...very true. I'd have to say that the vast majority of places where
I played for tips put money in the jar to start, and/or made a very
direct call to the audience to make a contribution. I didn't consider it
playing for free.
The advantage of the tip is that it enables people to pay for the
"product" they like. A cover charge for an unknown artist is tough
because the audience is giving up money without knowing quite what
they'll be getting, and that makes it very hard for them to show up. The
real trick is getting butts in seats, and playing for tips is an easier
way of making that part happen. My point in the end is that once people
are listening to music, if you're playing well, you're likely to see
> And playing for tips is NOT playing for free (though some nights it
> sure feels that way!).
> On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 7:15 PM, Travis Hartnett
> <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
> A beggar sits there and says "Please give me money".
> A musician playing for tips says "Do you like what I'm doing? I
> could use some cash..."