Hiring a Musician or a Dancer?

What you think you're paying for:

  • someone to perform some music

What you're actually paying for:

  • someone to perform some music, plus:
  • equipment, instruments, costumes, makeup, dance shoes, ...
  • hours of rehearsal time
  • rehearsal space
  • transportation to and from the venue
  • the amount of money spent on lessons and training to become the musician or dancer that they are
  • promotion and website costs
  • the percentages that go to income taxes
  • telephone and internet bills spent organizing the performance and its rehearsals
  • any manager, agent, or other booking fees
  • insurance
     Not to mention...
  • the payment has to cover food, housing, bills, and all other living expenses 

Still think that offering "exposure" and experience is a fair price?

You wouldn't expect a plumber, carpenter, hairdresser, doctor, dentist, optician, electrician, chef, mechanic, dressmaker or shop owner to work for free, would you? 

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I fell in love with belly dancing when I was 16 years old. I was a Russian dancer with a group from my church and we were performing at an international party when I saw belly dancing for the first time. I couldn't stop watching the dancer and decided from that point on that I would focus all of my dance energy on belly dancing. The rest is history...


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