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4 ways to Be a Happy Holiday Musician

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

The Holiday season is here and the holiday performance craze has begun. Some performances we will love, some not so much. Below are four rules I gig/performance rules I follow

Know Your Holiday Fee Do your homework and don't undercharge. Factor in your holiday travel, holiday prep, taxes, holiday lodging, food, and holiday music cost. Many musicians double their rate to offset the cost. (Read: 5 Mistakes Musicians Make)

Use Google Earth The Holiday season means less parking and more loading restrictions. If you're new to a venue, use google earth to pinpoint the best place for parking and loading. Arrive early and make sure the entrance you're directed to will work for you. I have had many people direct me to difficult even dangerous loading locations. I'm glad I did my homework, avoided injury and damage, and located convenient places to unload.

“Too many people, holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.”
– Philip Andrew Adams

Get paid before you play My contract request balance 10 days before the event. But what happens when you get the last-minute call? If Cash is a problem make sure your setup to accept online and mobile payments, Square, Paypal, and Venmo are the most popular. Remember, If there's a discrepancy, you have little to no leverage to fix it, once your services have been rendered. So arrive early complete your transaction and play away. (Read Saying No)

Send a note of Thanks If I have really enjoyed myself; I send a card right after the holidays are over. The card is short and sweet and includes my business card. I let people know it was a pleasure working with them and please feel free to contact me again next year. Bonus: If you have a group picture include it in the card. (Even if you already posted it on Facebook and tagged everyone.) People will have a visual reference the next time a musician is needed.

I would love to know what you do to make it through the holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

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