What are realistic fee expectations?

  • Posted on: 28 January 2020
  • By: Eileen Möller

In general, tip jars go to the artists 100 %. Door split deals usually involve 50 - 70 % of the fees for the artists. If a venue is rented by a promoter (or if an artist acts as the promoter), the promoter also needs to budget for mandatory fees (GEMA and KSA) and other costs (security, insurances, etc.), and deduct value-added tax from the gross ticket sales (if applicable). In this case, artists often receive a guaranteed fee according to their popularity and the venue capacity. After ticket sales cover all costs, the artists can receive a split after break even. Fees for events that receive public funding often depend on the artist’s popularity as well, but also check out the standard guidelines issued by the German Association of Independent Performing Arts (in German only) and the declaration of intent regarding minimum fees issued by the Union of German Jazz Musicians (in German only).