GigMasters clients have asked us in the past what our policy is on tipping performers. 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 bands, solo musicians, and variety entertainers 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 an entertainer’s professionalism and chemistry with their audience, 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 performer in full before the event has taken place, you could offer an envelope with cash or check as the performer leaves.
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 performer some love.
Overall, tipping should not be a worrisome topic if you are hiring entertainment for your event. GigMasters performers are happy to do what they do best - entertain - whether that means singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or telling jokes. Offering additional payment is thought of as encouragement and positive reinforcement. Performers understand budget constraints and the recession has hit the entertainment inudstry 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!