under-compensated overworked artist

Badly Under-Compensated Overworked Artist

Are You an Underpaid but Overworked Artist?

Are you an under-compensated overworked artist? If you are in the circle of musicians that live off performing in gigs and events, then you probably have heard the following concerns.

  • Low paying clients.
  • Clients who think you should be paid free to perform.
  • People not paying musicians properly for their service.
  • Event organizers or coordinators do not appropriately treat you.

These are only a few of the issues that musicians and artists have to face now and then.

Here are the following things you should consider when hiring a musician or an artist.

More importantly, music lessons are expensive!

Money Spent On Their Education

Education is a very important factor to consider when hiring a musician. Music education can be formal or informal. What do we mean by that?

Formal music education is studying in conservatories or attending seminars, workshops, and music lessons. Informally educated musicians are those who learn mostly by actually making music and performing.

Regardless, both fields are essential to consider when hiring them. Musicians spent money and time learning their craft.

Rehearsal Time and Space preparing for the event

Clients and event organizers should consider rehearsal space rentals and time spent by musicians. They need to practice, and they practice a lot! They want to give your event a pretty darn good show.

Therefore, they need to practice, and they do it a lot. Not all of them have rehearsal space. Some of them are paying for the space to do their rehearsals.

Imagine spending more money on rehearsal space than the amount you receive from performing – absolutely ridiculous.

Food During Rehearsals

I don’t know about you, but I spent money on food. Practicing with an empty stomach is not a good practice at all. Especially if you are working with a group of musicians or maybe an orchestra. They need to feed or else there is less energy in the rehearsals.

It may not always be that you have to feed an entire team during practice, but now and then you do need to feed them. Musicians go the extra mile when you feed them well, remember that!

Artists need to be valued and compensated – properly.

Transportation Expenses

Musicians travel – that’s it. They pay for it. First, to meet clients. That could be more than twice. Second, rehearsal transportation is a real thing, and it costs money! The more rehearsals they do, the better the performance, the more consideration need to pay for transportation.

Outfit – Pay for their looks.

Most often, you would want to hire musicians who look presentable. For significant events, they need to dress appropriately. For some, it means the need to rent a gown or something grand for the event. Outfit requires money, event organizers or clients should take into consideration the fact that their fee should cover such expenses.

The gravity of the performance.

Some clients would want you to perform an absurd thirty to a hundred songs for a fraction of the cost. I am just exaggerating, but the point is, sometimes we are an underpaid and overworked artist. Misunderstanding is sometimes due to the lack of clarity of the transaction.

If the required performance is quite taxing for the performer, then the least a client or organizer can do to compensate should be to raise the talent fee.

Under-compensated overworked artist no more.

Quality is synonymous with a good paycheck. Talents and outstanding artists, when compensated properly, thrives. When clients and organizers get excellent performances, they get good business. When everybody is well taken care of, the community grows.

Let us all take into consideration the benefits of helping each other. This article is not to condemn but to educate. To avoid seeing an underpaid but overworked artist.

So, the next time you get to be asked to perform for a price. Educate and negotiate.

why artists are poor

3 Heartbreaking Reasons Why Artists Are Poor

A common misconception about artists

Why Before finding my groove financially as a music producer, I too had to deal with people and even family members who think I don’t have a future making music. Here are 3 undeniable reasons why artists are poor.

“Don’t do music or else you will starve.”
These were the words I would often hear from people who don’t understand what I do, and family members or relatives are no exception.

Before we even begin to try and answer why most people think that artists are poor, I would like to share 3 types of poor artists I have come to observe over the years.

The Mentally Poor


We are not talking about academics here or how high your IQ level is. This category would refer to artists who do not strive to go higher and further than where they currently are with their craft. These are people who think spending money on their education, seminar or a workshop is a lousy investment and would rather spend money on a new gadget or instrument they like.

You should grab every opportunity to learn. The best investment you can do is to invest in yourself, to be better with what you do every day. To be our critic and to continually fill your mind with precious knowledge every chance you get.

Are You A Poor Thinking Artist?

Excellence is a state of mind which eventually becomes a habit – proper practice!

​Mentally poor artists are those who do not want to leave their comfort zone, those who lost the drive to enhance their skills or fill their minds with knowledge so they could be a better version of themselves – musically speaking.

Artists are those who do not want to leave their comfort zone, those who lost the drive to enhance their skills or fill their minds with knowledge so they could be a better version of themselves – musically speaking. That is why some people think artists are poor.

The Socially Poor

Even if you have many ideas, but you have no audience to hear it, you are going nowhere. The second reason I think why artists are poor.

It is equally essential to be able to find and build the right connections with the right people to propel your career in music or any art form. We are musicians/artists; we need an audience to see and hear our craft. We also need other people to make music or art.

No matter how good geniuses like Beethoven and Mozart were, they too needed to build their social skills to connect with the audience, their sponsors for the sake of their business (career).

At this point, I have come to realize that success is not a lonely journey, and it should never be. Go out there and start building an audience!

The Financial Illiterate

How do you spend that money in your pocket?

We can look at why artists are poor at how they spend their money?

This one is a pretty common disease that plagues most artists today. They do not understand the concept of financial literacy. Not being financially literate can easily lead you to see why artists are poor.

Are you one of those artists who can’t wait to spend their money right after earning it? Have you asked yourself twice multiplied by a thousand if you needed that new gadget or instrument?

Do you even have a plan on what to do with your current earning, and how can you make use of it and multiply it?

Financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works: how someone makes, manages and invests it, and also expends it (primarily when one donates to charity) to help others.


Yes, I understand, money is not everything but…

Money can do many good things for your career and your craft when adequately utilized. Do not get too excited always to spend your hard-earned money!

Learn how to save and invest with what little amount you have. Whoever is faithful with small things shall be allowed to handle large ones.

Many artists are broke not because they do not earn much. It’s because they spend much higher than their income. They do have time for their vices rather than thinking of ways on how to grow their finances.

Don’t be financially illiterate!

Why artists are poor depends upon them.

Because chances are they are right! We might be the very reason why people watching us thinks so.

A few years ago, when I was starting to build my career. I spent most of my time learning in front of a computer. My father had to help me to feed my daughter.

One day, my father snapped and said these words…

“Your music can’t even buy milk for your daughter.”

Over the years, I did all I can to enrich myself mentally. I Built my connections and most especially, be financially literate as not to waste my hard-earned money.

Today, I finance my father’s small farm, and when neighbors ask him where he gets the money, he would reply…

My son is a musician!