Copy of Book Ben Kweller
So you wanna book a BK show!? Let's do thissssss!
Instead of sending you straight to my people, I thought I'd lay it out for you on the front end. Transparency is hard to find in the music business so I want to do my part to remove the smoke and mirrors. I've been performing around the globe long enough to know what my hard costs are. I know what it takes to pay my team well and bring something back home to support my family. Even though it's rare (even weird) for an artist to publish their numbers, I'm a believer in information and want everyone who wants a Ben Kweller show to have an even playing field.
As you will see, I provide different flavors of performances ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
If you have any questions
The first factor in calculating my fee is determining what type of event you are hosting. For instance, a charity event is cheaper than a corporate event, and a private party or house show is somewhere in the middle.
The next factor is the type of performance that you are looking for. My hard costs on solo shows are much less than full-band shows because it takes a lot less people and equipment to put on a solo show.
The last factor is location. Everything is calculated by the distance from my hub (Austin, TX). Obviously, international shows are more expensive for me than domestic shows.
All prices include:
• ground transportation
My team works hard at prioritize which events to confirm and which to pass on. If you have access to accommodations and are willing to offer them on top of the fee, definitely let us know. This can make a big difference.
Festival or Club Show - This is any show where you're selling tickets to the general public. If you select this option, chances are you are a promoter or talent buyer in the music industry who has booked many shows already. Once you pre-order the show, we will put you in direct contact with my booking agent so she can contract the gig through Paradigm.
Private Event - This is any show contracted by an individual, family, or small group. This could be a house show, a birthday party, a wedding reception, etc... Please note that I am not a cover band. If you are looking to entertain hundreds of people who want to shake it to Bruno Mars, you may be better off with a professional wedding band or DJ. That being said, I am happy to learn a few covers of your choice and include them in my set. Obviously, I am always happy to take requests from my own catalog of music.
Benefit or Charity Event - This is any show contracted by a 501(c)3. These shows aim to benefit or raise money for a given cause.
Corporate Event - this is any show contracted by a corporation. Maybe it's a company-wide team building event, a holiday party, or the launch of a new product.
If you are booking a solo private event for 40 people or less, I recommend not getting a PA sound system. In these situations, I think it's way better to go unplugged and keep it as intimate as possible. Some of my favorite shows are the ones where we are sitting around singing songs, telling stories and sharing the magic of music with a campfire feel.
Anything larger than 40 people requires a sound system. Anything larger than 100 people requires a real-deal sound system and staging. You can view my specs for these events HERE.