We Support Live Music in Western MA™ helps connect local musicians with local business owners who wish to enter into sponsorship agreements.
A sponsorship agreement helps musicians earn extra income while providing local businesses with an opportunity to promote their business through a new medium – live music shows.
Most musicians who play in local venues don’t make very much money.
Musicians play at a variety of venues in our local 413 area – restaurants, bars, cafes, brewpubs, etc. Primarily venues that seat from 25 – 100 people and where the live music is free.
The amount that venues offer to pay musicians ranges from nothing, ( yes, that’s right, nothing ) to roughly a $150 guarantee. The average is probably $50 – 100. That’s OK for a solo performer but not very good for a four piece band. In order to earn a reasonable income from playing live at the area’s venues the musicians must rely on the generosity (tips) of the customers, for any income above what the venues will pay. Some venues will offer free or discounted food and drinks.
A sponsorship arrangement will provide musicians with supplemental income that allows them to not be totally dependent on the pay offered by the venues and the tips from the audience. It means they can play at more venues, gain more fans and followers and sell more merchandise.
We can all help support live music in Western MA by going out to hear it at a local venue. Our tips can help the musicians directly and our being there helps to convince the venues to continue to offer free live music.
If you want to find out more about Western MA musicians playing upcoming gigs at local venues look for them in The Directory and check out their Intro page’s links to their online music and videos. If you like what you see/hear, go see them live and buy their music online.