GigMasters clients have asked us in the past what our policy is on tipping vendors.  While we feel that tips are a great way to show your appreciation, we know that every event and every customer is unique, so we leave this decision up to them. 

What we can offer are, well, some tips: Most entertainers and vendors have let us know that tips are “not expected, but greatly appreciated.”  They have also told us that in their past experience, they have received additional compensation on top of their performance fee about 50% of the time. So if you find yourself blown away by a performance, or exceptionally satisfied with a vendor’s professionalism and accommodation, a tip is a great way to show your thanks. When it comes to the actual “mechanics” of tipping, you might consider simply adding some extra cash to your payment, whether by cash or check, at the end of your event. 

If you have already paid your vendor in full before the event has taken place, you could offer an envelope with cash or check as they leave. When calculating the tip, this amount is truly up to the client.  If you are more comfortable with offering a percentage based on the performance fee, our members have agreed that anywhere from 5% to 20% of the overall price is appropriate. Also, if you are attending a public event at a restaurant or bar, and a tip jar is visible, show the vendor some love. Overall, tipping should not be a worrisome topic if you are hiring entertainment for your event. 

GigMasters members are happy to do what they do best - bring life to the party! - whether that means singing, snapping photos, twisting balloons or transporting you from A to B.  Offering additional payment is thought of as encouragement and positive reinforcement.  Vendors understand budget constraints and the recession has hit the entertainment industry the way it has hit everyone else. 

If you can tip - that's great.  If not, that's OK too. We hope this information is helpful!