14 Ways Musicians Can Increase Their Tips
I was listening to NPR the other day when they did a report on tipping in the restaurant industry. One they had a list of tips on how wait staff can increase their tips.
That got me brainstorming and surfing the net for other ideas to boost tips. That combined with lots of performances at Renaissance Festivals helped me to develop my own list of ways musicians can improve their tips.
1. Introduce yourself by name
Too often musicians forget to introduce themselves on stage. Make sure you tell the audience your band name, but to really boost your tips, you should also introduce yourselves individually. Let people know who you are as an individual and you'll see greater tips.
2. Go out into the audience with a tip jar
You really can't be passive when it comes to getting tips. You have to walk out into the audience with some visual reference that says "Tip Me!", and they will tip you.
3. Meet your audience at their level
Take the time to talk to your audience members at their level. Holding a discussion from a stage puts a wall between you and them. So instead, go out into the audience and talk to them face to face. Kneel if they're at a table, so you're at eye level. And if you have ayour tip jar with you, you will you will not only gain a fan, but you will also improve your tips.
4. Make your appearance personal
We wear kilts to most of our gigs. A kilt adds a very personal touch It links us to a certain culture and makes people take notice. Course you don't have to go that route, instead find some piece of clothing that reflects your personality and you will boost your tips.
5. Recommend your favorite CD
If you have multiple CDs, your audience will always ask for your favorite. Tell them what it is. If you only have one, you can do the same by recommending other artists that you like. That adds a two-fold advantage of helping your audience find music they like and helping your fellow musicians.
A bright, confident smile will bring fans back again and again with lots o'big tips.
7. Involve your audience in the music with a joke or game
Next time you're up on stage, see what happens when you joke around with the audience. Your personality will glow all the more and so will your tips.
8. Chat with fans by name
Music fans love nothing more than to be recognized by the bands they love. So do your best to remember their names. They will feel that much more attached to your music and feel like your friend. And these friends will tip you better for the courtesy.
9. Touch your audience
When you're out socializing with your audience, touch them (in a non-sexual way). Whether you shake their hand, pat them on the shoulder or back, or just brush against them, wait staff find that that even that will boost their tips 50%. And it will yours too.
10. Use tip jars with the VISA/Mastercard Logo
According to studies done in restaurants, just seeing those logos is enough to encourage customers to tip more. I know it sounds crazy, but give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.
11. Give your audience something in return for their tip
People love feeling like they're getting their money's worth. And many people don't realize you should tip bands. So give something in return. It could be something as big as a sticker or magnet, or as simple as a business card that might include a $1 off your CDs. Or hey what about feeding their sweet tooth with a piece of candy. Whatever the case, that little gift will mean big tipping results.
12. Draw a picture
On a similar note, if you give them a business card, draw or make a comment on it. That piece will be more valuable to them and will result in bigger tips.
13. Make tipping a part of the show
Why wait until the end of the set to ask for tips. Sing a song about tipping, or get your audience involved in the tipping process by shouting something. Or offer a prize to the first tipper. But integrate it into your show and it won't seem like you're just begging for money, rather you're making it fun to tip.
14. Thank your audience
No gig would be complete without an audience. So thank them for taking the time to watch you perform. They will feel the personal touch and respond when you ask for money.
15. Bonus Tipping Suggestion:
If the change is five dollars, never return a five-dollar bill. Always give back five ones. This allows the customer to tip you with some of the dollar bills you returned. You will rarely get a $5 tip and returning a $5 bill will turn off tippers. In general, it's good to return all ones if the change is less than $8. You want the customer to have at least two ones so they can give it back as the tip.
Bard Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards has helped 1000's of musicians make money with their musical groups through the Bards Crier Music Marketing and Promotion Ezine and the Texas Musicians' Texas Music Biz Tips. Now you can get personal advice by visiting http://www.bardscrier.com for FREE "how-to" music marketing assistance.
No time to visit the site? Subscribe to the BardsCrier.com distributed weekly for Free. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to explore classical music? Let me be your guide. The Boston Globe
David Sulzer’s Wild World of Music The New Yorker
What’s Driving a Fresh Wave of Irish Music? Tradition. The New York Times
GHOST's TOBIAS FORGE teases new music for 2023 Revolver Magazine
If AI Starts Making Music on Its Own, What Happens to Musicians? Scientific American
Prizes Awarded at Missouri's Plowman Chamber Music Competition The Violin Channel
Review: Symphony's Music Connects concerts in South Bay ... The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marko Marcinko as Director of Music Performance at Misericordia ... Misericordia University
Make Music Darke County returns this summer The Daily Advocate
Music Industry Moves: Bad Bunny Collaborator MAG Re-Ups With Warner Chappell; Cutting Edge Acquires Major Film Music Catalog - Variety
Music Industry Moves: Bad Bunny Collaborator MAG Re-Ups With Warner Chappell; Cutting Edge Acquires Major Film Music Catalog Variety
How Music Helps Me Face My Cancer Curetoday.com
Holy Trinity brings modern music to Stations of the Cross Evening Observer
USU's Art Museum Hosts 'Museum and Music: The Art of Improvisation' Utah State University
Elizabethton music studio offers scholarships for lessons WJHL-TV News Channel 11
Mountain Home Music bringing the rich tradition of Black ... Watauga Democrat
Music, memories key to choir reunion, dedication at Brooke High ... The Steubenville Herald-Star
Country music star Dustin Lynch plans concert at Kettering's Fraze ... Dayton Daily News
Florida Tech’s 89.5 FM WFIT to Host Sonic Waves Music Festival at ... SpaceCoastDaily.com
South Florida Classical Review » » A mixed bag of old and new ... South Florida Classical Review
Grammy-winning country music star, Pam Tillis, performing at Wilson ... WWAY NewsChannel 3
Father, daughter raise funds for arts, music at Duluth schools Duluth News Tribune
Turnpike Troubadors, Whiskey Myers headline Born & Raised Music Festival - 2 News Oklahoma KJRH Tulsa
Turnpike Troubadors, Whiskey Myers headline Born & Raised Music Festival 2 News Oklahoma KJRH Tulsa
Best supporting players: Brahms and the Schumanns The Guardian
North High adding 40 new instruments worth $57,000 for their music programs - KTIV Siouxland's News Channel
North High adding 40 new instruments worth $57,000 for their music programs KTIV Siouxland's News Channel
Lenny Kravitz Pays Tribute to Victims of Nashville School Shooting: ‘America, We Must Do Better’ - Rolling Stone
Lenny Kravitz Pays Tribute to Victims of Nashville School Shooting: ‘America, We Must Do Better’ Rolling Stone
4 new inductees announced for SC Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame WYFF4 Greenville
Nina Simone | Tennis star Venus Williams joins group working to restore music icon Nina Simone's NC childhood home in Tryon - WTVD-TV
Nina Simone | Tennis star Venus Williams joins group working to restore music icon Nina Simone's NC childhood home in Tryon WTVD-TV
Music Monday: The Quentet WIVB.com - News 4
Dreamville Music Festival 2023 Guide: Parking, shuttles, music lineup and more - WXII12 Winston-Salem
Dreamville Music Festival 2023 Guide: Parking, shuttles, music lineup and more WXII12 Winston-Salem
City of Music: Cincinnati's renowned symphony orchestra becomes ... Soapbox Cincinnati
Duolingo is working on a music app TechCrunch
Why music can trigger memories, even for those with Alzheimer's The Washington Post
Madonna: Music Album Review Pitchfork
Preview Music, Podcasts, and Audiobooks on Spotify Home For the Record
Google created an AI that can generate music from text descriptions, but won’t release it - TechCrunch
Google created an AI that can generate music from text descriptions, but won’t release it TechCrunch
150 Best Music Quotes - Inspiring Quotes About Music Parade Magazine
Burt Bacharach, Composer Who Added a High Gloss to the ’60s, Dies at 94 The New York Times
Why do we stop exploring new music as we get older? The Conversation Indonesia
‘There’s endless choice, but you’re not listening’: fans quitting Spotify to save their love of music - The Guardian
‘There’s endless choice, but you’re not listening’: fans quitting Spotify to save their love of music The Guardian
NPR Music YouTube
Spotify launches ‘DJ,’ a new feature offering personalized music with AI-powered commentary - TechCrunch
Spotify launches ‘DJ,’ a new feature offering personalized music with AI-powered commentary TechCrunch
A Proclamation on Black Music Appreciation Month, 2022 The White House
YouTube announces Creator Music, a new way for creators to shop for songs for use in videos - TechCrunch
YouTube announces Creator Music, a new way for creators to shop for songs for use in videos TechCrunch
TikTok Parent ByteDance Sets Sights on Spotify With Music ... The Wall Street Journal
200 Best Singers of All Time Rolling Stone
Who invented music? The search for stone flutes, clay whistles and the dawn of song - The Conversation Indonesia
Who invented music? The search for stone flutes, clay whistles and the dawn of song The Conversation Indonesia
Sade Are Recording New Music Pitchfork
How Sony Music Group accelerated its status as the world's 2nd ... Music Business Worldwide
The music lives on Apple
Karol G’s Songs Conquered the World. On a New LP, She Reveals Herself. The New York Times
How Many Chords Are There, Anyway?
Since chords (the main component of harmony) are one of the three most vital elements of music - the others being melody and rhythm - it would be useful to know how many chords there are. And it doesn't matter whether you play piano or guitar or some other instrument - chords are chords.
Does Reading Make Music?
When you read music you are deciphering the printed page and transferring the information to the keyboard. You might say that you are decoding what the composer or arranger put on the page .
The Revolution has begun - and it will not be Televised The new Artist Development Paradigm
In reflecting on the world of the Music Business in 2004, there were some very profound and dramatic changes that changed the nature of the Music Business itself. 2004 will always be remembered as the year the 'Big Five' became the 'Big Four' and don't be surprised if you're reading at this time next year and we're telling you about the 'Big Three'! Beside the Sony/BMG merger, 2004 will also be remembered as the year labels utilized aggressively utilized video games as a marketing vehicle for the launching of many of their artists.
Quick and Easy Violin Mute
One of the reasons I picked up the violin was because it was easier to travel with than a guitar (not that I haven't found some nice travel guitars, but that's another story). It fits in an airplane overhead and is easy to carry!However, I want to be considerate of the folks in the rooms around me when I'm playing in my hotel room.
Review: Audioslave - Out of Exile
Every once in a while a band comes along that really changes the way you perceive music, for me one of these bands was Rage Against the Machine. I'll be the first to admit that I, like most angsty teenagers was lured into Rage's music by their anti-authoritarian songs, and honestly dude, they said "fuck" a whole lot.
Irish Fiddle Ornaments
When I started playing jigs, my default bowing pattern made a groove like Pop Goes the Weasel: "Long-short, long-short, muberry bush, the long-short, long-short weasel."And that still works for me without having to think about it.
Suzuki Violin Vs Traditional Violin
The Suzuki violin method has come to dominate the way violin is taught in America and throughout much of the world. Mention the Suzuki violin method to music educators, and you will get a variety of responses.
George Winston and New Age Piano Playing
The first time I heard George Winston play back in the early 1980's I was blown away. I didn't know why I liked this music.
MP3 Music Subscription Services. A Good Deal?
There's a reason Apple Computer dominates the legal 99-cents-a-download digital music scene: It does it right. Apple's iPods set the style and ease-of-use standards that other portable music players must try (so far unsuccessfully) to match.
12 Reasons You Should Learn to Play the Piano
All right, folks, here you go: My 12 reasons why you should start learning how to play the piano. Immediately.
An Introduction to CD Mastering
While many people think that the mixing of the separate audio tracks is the final step, a recording must be mastered well in order to sound good. CD mastering is the last chance for creative input when creating a compact disc.
Interested in Improving the Sound of Your Stereo? Consider Records
Introduced in 1982, the compact disc was intended to provide better sound than the 40-year-old long-play record album, popularly known as the LP. Using a laser rather than a diamond needle for playback the compact disc was smaller, more convenient to use, and less susceptible to damage than the LP.
Beginner Guitar Lessons - Learn Guitar without Ever Leaving Your Home!
So, you think you'd like to learn to play guitar, but you're put off by the high cost of lessons? You don't want to put up with a teacher showing you a bunch of theory and boring songs that you don't want to learn and won't get you where you want to go? Look no further, online instruction is now available that provides comprehensive beginner guitar lessons to anyone who wants to learn to play guitar quickly and easily.Do I need to read music? No! Most online programs use a very visual approach, using picture diagrams and videos that actively demonstrate techniques so you hear what you need to play, not read it.
Music licensing can be a very confusing subject. My intent with this article is to give you enough details on what music licensing is and what are your rights to use music in advertising and / or video productions.
Music for Corporate Entertainment
For many years I have supplied music for and played in bands that provide music for corporate entertainment. Clients have included Audi, The Evening Standard, Sainsburys, P.
Buying A Guitar
There are many things to consider when buying a new classical guitar. For instance, whether or not you are a beginner or seasoned professional will determine just what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend.
Right-Hand Techniques for New Age Piano
Recently, I had a student ask me to offer some techniques for using the right hand. Usually, it's the left hand that causes the most difficulty but I had to think about it because up till then, I really did not have any "techniques" for the right hand.
Closet Monsters London Spicoluk
Way back in November I found myself at the Casby Awards after party trying to socialize with whomever I came across. One person who I chatted with that night was a guy named London Spicoluk, from the band Closet Monster.
Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes - When Improvising
Mistake #1 - Thinking about what you're going to playA lot of students think there should be some kind of preparation before improvising on the piano. They are right! There should be some thought as to the sound, tonality, key - but once these choices are made the thinking should stop and the playing should begin.
Jealous Again - Jealousy Among Musicians
Jealousy - do you feel it? Do you sense it in others? Does it hinder your relationships with other musicians? Does it sap your confidence? Does it block your creativity? Here are some questions to help you get clearer about the jealousy in your life.1.
|home | site map|