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Alan Casey Entertainment Agency has
the largest range of bands and musicians for every event.
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Q & A - How much does a Band/Musicians Cost
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Bands vary in cost depending on quality of the Musicians performing in the Band
The following is a guide only and subject to change
Based on a 4 hour performance
Solo Entertainer Rates
$1000+ for Best in Town
$750+ for High Quality
$600+ for Quality Bands
$450+ for Good Standard
Band Rates - $$$
$750+ for Best in Town
$600+ for High Quality
$500+ for Quality Bands
$400+ for Good Standard
+ 10 % GST
Goods & Services Tax
+ 25% per additional hour over 4hrs
Add to the above the following fees if applicable
+ Travel costs if required (outside capital or base city areas )
+ Extra production costs if your
audiences is over 200
Peak special days or dates may double or triple rates
New Years Eve, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve,
Other Prime Days may also increase the rates of a band
Australia Day, St Patrick's Day, Melbourne Cup, Mothers Day, Oktoberfest, etc.
You pay musicians from the moment you wish the music to start for the day to the moment you want them to stop and they can pack up and go home.
Any stops and starts in the program etc. are to be paid as performance time.
Arrival & Setup
When does the band arrive and setup - Do we pay for this ?
Bands arrive and are set up ready approximately 1hr prior to commencement of music.
Example if the music starts at 7pm
- the band usually would be ready by 6pm.
You do not pay for this set up time.
You only pay for the band from the first song to the last song of the night.
Extra Early Setup
If you require the band to be set up extra early this can incur extra costs.
The extra time is called down time and is calculated at 50% of performance time
Example if you wanted the band to set up 3 hours
prior to commencement
1 hour for set up and 2 hours waiting around to start
They may charge you down time
If your paying $400 per musician for 4hrs = $100 per hour per musician
Down time is then $50 per hour per musician
What breaks do bands take - Do they play recorded music during the breaks ?
Mostly all amplified music groups play music through their sound system while on breaks.
Instrumental groups eg. String Quartets, Harpists etc. do not play music during the breaks.
The average break
period in a 4hr performance is
4 x 45 minute sets on stage with 3 x 20 minute breaks
In a 5hr performance is
5 x 44 minute sets on stage with 4 x 20 minute breaks
Will the band play special requested songs ?
Yes - If they have the songs in their repertoire
Some high quality
professional bands are willing to rehearse a
special song for you
at no additional cost.
Please note that they will require ample notice.
approx 30 days to prepare this for you.
If you require more than one song additional costs may occur.
Note you can supply your own music to be played
through the Sound System during the bands Breaks
GST - Goods & Services Tax
What is GST & do all bands charge it ?
Goods & Services Tax is a government tax imposed in Australia,
calculated at 10%.
Eg. If a Band costs
$1500 the GST would be $150 making a total of $1650
to be paid.
Not all bands charge GST some groups are exempt because their earnings is not over $50,000 a year and are considered to be hobbyists.
Be aware that most professional high quality band do charge GST.
Speeches & Announcements
Can I use the microphone for speeches & announcements
Bands, Musicians, DJs etc. are willing to allow you to use a microphone
As the microphones are attached by leads to the bands sound system
you would need to stand on
to the stage
for this purpose.
If you require a roving
microphone, this would need to be hired specially
at a small additional cost.
It is wise to check with your functions/venue manager as most venues have roving radio microphones and PA's available as part of the venue's facilities.
How do I Choose
& Book a Band
Easy - Phone our office. 1300 666 286
We take all the details
of your event over the phone
We can help you choose the right band for your special event
Give you personal advise
We can send you details on different bands by email
You can visit our office
and select your band with a consultant if you prefer
How do I pay for a Band
Once you have Chosen
the band you want we will send you by email
Confirmation Booking Agreement
You then have a written copy of the booking to ensure all is correct
Usually a deposit will be required
- usually 25%
50 % for main line acts and peak or prime days/dates
The balance paid
on the day of performance or prior to performance
Subject to Priority of the band or date of event
Alan Casey Entertainment Agency - Australia
Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne - Gold Coast - Sunshine Coast - Toowoomba -
Ipswich - North Coast
The TRUTH about Cover Bands in Melbourne
(or the alternate and much less cool title: "Two Questions To Ask Any Band Before Hiring Them")
Question #1: Who will actually turn up on the night?
There are some bands in the industry who have multiple versions of themselves playing on the same night. You go to their live showcase, hear one set of musicians play, book them for your event... and then different musicians turn up on the night. These types of bands have many musicians on their books. There is one Melbourne group in particular who have at times 10+ versions of themselves playing on the same night all around Victoria AND interstate, under the same band name.
have been stories of bands turning up to events, where the musicians have
never played together before. They don't know all the same songs, don't play
any of the specific songs requested by the client and waste time in-between
songs figuring out what to play next and who knows how to play it.
Of course, every band needs to get a fill-in player from time to time, due to sickness, etc. But if a band cannot guarantee that the majority of the musicians you see at their showcase will be there on your night... is it worth the risk?
Hiring a band that is just ONE band is the first step in guaranteeing a stress free event. You can relax knowing the musicians you hire have spent countless hours rehearsing and playing together. They know all the songs, plus their on stage presence is so much better than a band that is potentially only playing together for the first time... at your event!
So ask the bands you are considering this particular question and get assurances that who you see, is who turns up on the night.
Question #2: Who is doing sound?
This is incredibly important... Whats the point of hiring a band if the sound isn't good?
Creating great sound is not as simple as plugging in and turning up the volume. Every performance space is different and requires a professional who is trained in sound production for live entertainment. A sound technician sets up the equipment, EQ's the performance space, sound checks the band and then stays behind the mixing desk while the band plays, to adjust settings throughout the night, to give you and your guests the best sound experience possible.
some bands set up and operate the sound equipment themselves. Which is fine,
if one of the band members also happens to be a trained sound technician.
However, sometimes this is not the case and the band does it all themselves,
without having a good knowledge of the intricacies of sound production.
A sound techician also frees up the musicians to focus on what they do best... playing and creating a great atmosphere! Which can be hard to do when 1 or more band members are constantly going back and forth to the sound desk to adjust levels all night.
You pay good money to hire a professional band, so why leave the sound up to amateurs? Hiring a band that brings a professional sound technician with them is the other vital component in creating a successful and stress free event. Make sure you ask any band this second and equally as important question.