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May 16, 2022 - 7:11:09 PM
59098 posts since 12/14/2005

Been on the computer for about TWO HOURS, trying to fill out a form so we can get paid.
We have 3 choices, none of which I am familiar with, and one of which I had to look up the definition online.
The one I did NOT have to look up was "virtual credit card".

And when I tried to find that page again, to STUDY the choices, I could not find it!

But, looks like nobody wants to hand me or mail me a plain old paper check.

The guys running the program which handles the payments is called COUPA.

They're not the people we're going to SING for; they're just the accounting firm, money manager, whatever they're called.

Including the time spent over the last several days, we've spent almost as much time running around and jumping through the hoops, as we have REHEARSING the actual songs.

Why can't playing banjo for fun and our tiny profit be more FUN for us, and less profit for the money people??

May 16, 2022 - 9:18:25 PM
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Paul R

Canada

15861 posts since 1/28/2010

I play for free. And I do cycling instruction for free. I'm not being that generous, I'm just avoiding the hassles of payment.

In fact, I think musicians should get paid, if only a token amount. It motivates the venue/sponsor/charity to pay more respect to the musicians.

I recall a "workshop" at church attended by the members of our two musical groups, at which nothing we didn't already know was presented to us. Afterward, one of the members grumbled, "They didn't even give us a lousy cup of coffee!" The ongoing treatment of the musicians was so bad that, at the beginning of summer, all members of both groups walked - without any organized plan. It was that spontaneous.

I've played lots of open mics, and the venues make money at the bar while musicians have to pay for their drinks and food. But one place, a boutique hotel, gave you a free burger and fries after you did your three songs. Good burger, too!

May 16, 2022 - 9:43:35 PM

586 posts since 5/29/2015

I remember a trip to Nashville TN in the late 1970s. I arrived at 410 Broadway at around 1 pm and at least two of the bars on that stretch had bands playing. I made some mention of how it seemed awfully early for live entertainment. The explanation I was given was that there were so many bands trying to get exposure, that the bars charge the bands to play.

I occasionally do small jobs for non-profits who are paying me through a grant, I always charge them and then donate the money back to them. Better than doing it for free.

May 17, 2022 - 2:23:36 AM
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STUD

USA

35829 posts since 3/5/2008
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I like buskers..

May 17, 2022 - 5:41:20 AM
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350 posts since 11/9/2021

Play music long enough and you will encounter just about any situation you can think of. We do one freebie a year, a fund raiser for testicular cancer ( The Pirates Salty Ball) and do weddings for friends on the cuff. The regular Tues jam I go to is in a bar and thats also a freebie but often there are more pickers then bar patrons. Used to play a C&W club that had a timeclock next to the stage and we had to punch in and out for sets and breaks !! Played a few clubs where we got paid by attendance numbers (that sucked because regulars would get in free). A couple of pass the hat places. One place that we had to start to trash the bar in order to get paid (narrowly avoided getting arrested). One Irish bar, the owner made us wait like 4 hours to get paid. One club that charged 3X the normal bucks to get in and zero people put up for that. We ended up waving our johnsons at the imaginary audience and the owner threatened to have us never play in NYC again. So many different scenarios!

I always say the one thing lower then a bar owner is two bar owners. For us, its 50% down and balance upon arrival at the show venue. You tried PayPal for a paperless method? That is pretty easy.

May 17, 2022 - 6:35:04 AM
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Owen

Canada

11221 posts since 6/5/2011

On first seeing the title, I wondered if spell-checker was doing its thing.  surprise

May 17, 2022 - 11:43:24 AM
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STUD

USA

35829 posts since 3/5/2008
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Knowin Mike... n seein the spell checker in action...

It wouldn't surprise me...Owen.. ;0)

May 19, 2022 - 8:03:02 AM

1055 posts since 3/7/2006

There's always the bucket and sign method. The sign should say "Donations" with an arrow pointing into the bucket. And for my Canadian friends, make sure you have that in French, too.
There ya go.

May 26, 2022 - 3:46:07 PM

59098 posts since 12/14/2005

 I thought that "Mercy Bucket" was French for "Thank You"


Edited by - mike gregory on 05/26/2022 15:50:54

May 26, 2022 - 4:04:12 PM

59098 posts since 12/14/2005

Oh, by the way...AND the reason I came to this page today:

Now up to approx six point five hours on the keyboard.

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