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How Much Do They Get Paid?

#1 Post by lucienchardon » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 7:01 am

I was looking through the May 22, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone and there is an article about the economics of music festivals in the U.S. It says the following (sorry if this was already posted and I missed it):

How Much Do They Get Paid?

As big festivals fight over headliners, performance fees have skyrocketed, with most acts making several times more than they would for an arena or a club gig. Here's what artists at five different levels can expect to pull in at a major festival.

Mega-headliner
Paul McCartney
$4 million

Standard headliner
Arcade Fire
$2 million - $3 million

Top-tier non-headliner
Lorde
$500,000

Top tent headliner
Pet Shop Boys
$350,000

Low on the bill
Speedy Ortiz
$5,000 - $10,000

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#2 Post by raggatwin » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 8:21 am

That Lorde album is excellent! She must be having hits in the states if she is being paid more than PSB. I heard a remix of 'Royals' with a rapper on it, can't remember qho it was but he clearly missed the theme of the song....
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#3 Post by Andie » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 9:56 am

raggatwin wrote:That Lorde album is excellent! She must be having hits in the states if she is being paid more than PSB. I heard a remix of 'Royals' with a rapper on it, can't remember qho it was but he clearly missed the theme of the song....
Is this the one you're thinking of?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZdCk7PoPeM

I agree, Lorde's album is amazing, she deserves her success.
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#4 Post by Disco. » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 1:26 pm

No wonder they like to do festivals ! Coachella 700,000 $

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#5 Post by ingenue » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 2:12 pm

Here's the full article...
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#6 Post by raggatwin » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 2:31 pm

Andie wrote:
raggatwin wrote:That Lorde album is excellent! She must be having hits in the states if she is being paid more than PSB. I heard a remix of 'Royals' with a rapper on it, can't remember qho it was but he clearly missed the theme of the song....
Is this the one you're thinking of?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZdCk7PoPeM

I agree, Lorde's album is amazing, she deserves her success.
Rick Ross, that's the one...cheers
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#7 Post by Patrick Bateman » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 4:24 pm

I can't believe how much music artists can make from gigs these days.

Blue Swan must be on at least a cheese sandwich and a can of coke by now.

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#8 Post by tottenhammattspurs » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 6:27 pm

As a DJ of 80s and early nineties nights, what we have to pay to get Chesney Hawkes or Rick Astley would make your eyes water.
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#9 Post by Kris » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 7:32 pm

Patrick Bateman wrote:I can't believe how much music artists can make from gigs these days.

Blue Swan must be on at least a cheese sandwich and a can of coke by now.
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#10 Post by TallThinMan » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 8:12 pm

Interesting to compare and contrast to Lily Allen's supposed eight grand from her UK John Lewis advert: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27486952

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#11 Post by Patrick Bateman » Wed 11 Jun 2014, 9:20 pm

Kris wrote:*must resist gag about what transforce was on*
Coincidentally enough he had the same rider as The Glitter Band.

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#12 Post by TheGhostOfMyself » Thu 12 Jun 2014, 4:55 pm

I'm sure they get paid those amounts, and more but usually less.
But there are many many expenses to come out of those fees, so I think it's unfair to say "the Pet Shop Boys earn $xxx per show".

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#13 Post by DJ Pat » Thu 12 Jun 2014, 7:24 pm

TallThinMan wrote:Interesting to compare and contrast to Lily Allen's supposed eight grand from her UK John Lewis advert: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27486952
Yeah but that pointless karaoke cover version was absolute crap, and I bet Keane think so too. She should have left it to that other girl who does the slow cover versions on TV ads

Lily Allen seems to be under the impression she's some kind of rock star
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#14 Post by geowayne » Fri 13 Jun 2014, 12:28 am

TheGhostOfMyself wrote:I'm sure they get paid those amounts, and more but usually less.
But there are many many expenses to come out of those fees, so I think it's unfair to say "the Pet Shop Boys earn $xxx per show".
Precisely. After their expenses come out (people to be paid, transportation, etc.), I'd be surprised if their "take-home pay" is as much as half that amount. Probably much less than half.

Of course, there are economies of scale. The more shows they can cram in to a smaller amount of time, the greater their profit margin.

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#15 Post by spooky » Sat 14 Jun 2014, 4:18 pm

interesting article. i'm not in the music business, so i'm very curious at what bands make financial wise in general. for example, i wonder how much the guys in U2 make per show?

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