How Much?!! A Guide to Function Band Prices Function Bands For Hire
Have you heard the one about a man who calls an entertainment agency to get a quote for a six-piece function band?
The agency rep says:
Off the top of my head, a six piece band will cost about two thousand pounds.
The guy jumps out of his chair exclaiming,
TWO THOUSAND POUNDS!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? FOR MUSIC?!?
The agency rep responds,
Well, let me suggest this. How about you call around and ask for six plumbers to work from six to midnight on a Saturday night. Whatever they charge, the band will work for half.
It’s funny, but it also does a good job highlighting that professional musicians have a real value too. They’ve invested years in becoming fluent in a trade which requires skill and experience, and just like a plumber - you’re relying on them to provide a quality service at a time when it really matters.
Examples of Function Band prices
There's no denying that a good function band is a big investment for any event - but we thought it might be interesting to show you where your money goes when you book a band to provide your wedding entertainment - and how little most musicians actually earn.
Breakdown of costs per gig
Breakdown of time worked per gig
So - if each member of the band works 12 hours to earn an average of £165, that's about £13.75 an hour. Considering most function bands can only work a maximum of 85 gigs a year (most functions happen on Saturdays) - then their best hope is an average annual salary of between £8250 to £14,000. Not much is it!
So - the point we'd like to highlight here is that most good function bands are REALLY good value for money - even though they may seem expensive on the face of it. The quality of service you can expect, and the enthusiasm given to delivering that service - far outweighs what you'd expect for the money each musician will get paid.
Musicians by their nature are not usually very money orientated and accept the hardship of a musical career as a trade off for doing something they love. Their passion for playing and performing should never be taken advantage of or undervalued.
Written by Ruthe Graham from Celtica - An exciting, fun and flexible trio performing Celtic, pop, rock, trad and Irish music with a bit of Ceilidh thrown in for good measure!