Actual financial outlay for a session?
This is my first post to thesession and I hope this has not been previously discussed…I did do a brief search and couldn’t find anything like it.
I am interested in proposing a regular weekly session to a pub owner and would like to know from some people with experience what sort of broad figures to suggest to them for possible outlay and expectations.
Now I fully realize this could vary wildly but any potential numbers could be of assistance in proposing a session.
I am thinking a hundred a piece for the three regular hosts, and drinks for the regular session players is not out of line to ask for a session that runs from 9:30 until whenever they decide to close…(Canadian dollars)
I don’t know how unusual that sort of thing would be for a pub where there would be "session hosts" as opposed to one with more regular community musicians and alas that is a fact of life for some regions, but anything one can do to encourage or promote this music is IMHO a good thing.
Sadly but typically, many publicans treat the "session" as just another form of entertainment for their patrons and not a gathering or exchange for the musicians or in any way a form of community building experience…I am sure some do, but my experience of at least pubs in this city has been that entertainers are viewed solely as a way to put arses in chairs and beer down throats and the session, sadly is no different. Therefore, in trying to cultivate a new session, one seems to have to balance the need of the pub owner to feel they are making a lucrative decision (sigh) with still keeping the feel and community of it right.
Anyone who has some real experience in dealing with publicans first hand and knows some of the actual figues that they have had to outlay for instance on a typical session night or are prepared to put out depending on the size of pub, or anyone else for that matter please feel free to add two bits.
Peter in Edmonton, AB, Canada