You gotta sing to make money
Just a thought inspired by Frank Doherty’s recent "paid gigs" discussion………
It seems to me that until you get to be a "big name" or somehow get the budget for a full lights, smoke and mirrors marketed "show" there’s no money to be made from instrumental traditional music. Dance gigs are a regular source of low level income for a lot of people, but once you’ve deducted travel, PA costs etc, you’ll be doing well to get much above minimum wage. You can have a great band playing high quality instrumental music and get some festival gigs and plenty of applause, but there’ll still be no money in it.
If you want to make some money, you gotta sing.
Not a complaint, just an observation, and after all, what more reward do we need for playing than the music itself!
Interested to see if what seems to me a statement of the blooming obvious seems so to others.