Do you think a tip jar at the gig is tacky?
Do you think a tip jar at the gig is tacky?
No, not for your average bar band. People like tipping to show their appreciation for something they really like. If the tip jar isn't out there, you're missing out on extra income. I do think it's tacky to constantly urge people to tip throughout the night thought. In fact, it's "annoying". Just put the tip jar in plain view with a $5 bill in it. You'll find that it works much of the time.
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No, I think it is a great idea. Never did or seen any band do it before. I think the problem would be once the jar starts to show lots of tipsf the waiters, bar tenders or even the owner might want a cut out of it. Just saying it might happen.
It looks unprofessional. Ranks up there with lead singers using music stands.
I've never seen it, but why not?................especially if you're taking requests...........could be a great way to make some extra bones
I'm with Noel on this 1.
Might as well be playing on a street corner.
If I paid a cover charge at the door, I'm not tipping.
I remember when bar bands quit playing at midnight but the bar would stay open until 1:15. Someone in the crowd would usually pass a donation hat around to get us to play for another hour. Always a few drunks that would throw in a $20 bill. We used to make almost as much money from that as the bar owners would pay for the whole gig. Now, the bars are open until 2:00 and they book us to play until 1:00 anyway. Heck, we used to get free drinks as well.
I guess it depends on the situation and culture. If I had to pay a cover charge or buy a ticket, I wouldn't tip the band either. For the average bar band around here that plays for $200 to $300 per gig with no cover charge, I don't see a problem with it.
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I personally have never seen this, but I think it is unprofessional. However, if that is what you want to do, do it. It is only my opinion.
On a side note. Markadiddle, You may have given Gene Simmons another money making idea.
I think it depends on the circumstances. I always put one out at a coffee shop. Never at places with door charges. Just don't let the singer point it out, over and over. Like drummer said, set it out with the change in your pocket and a few $1's or a $5 bill and let people decide whether or not to tip you.
Its not unprofessional to ask for help. It ignorant to think you don't need help.
You probably won't get more than a few dollars but it pays for the gas you used to get there.
i think its very tacky , id never do it .
Heck I put one outside my front door when I'm practicing ..
I think it really depends on the situation. if the patrons payed a cover to get in and your getting payed already no tip jar.. if not I say put it out .. worst thing that happens is people realize starving artist applies to musicians too.
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It depends, when i am doing covers in a bar, there is always a tip jar, originals in a club, nope, and of course not at private /corporate events.
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Around here, tip jars are common and from what I have seen, the norm. I play in cover bands in places where there is no cover charge at the door.
Not typical but we have made up to an additional $200 in tips in a night... not bad for a 4 piece.
Last year we played some tailgate parties for tips alone... we cleared $400~$600 in tips... the upper end if the home team is winning
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kinda depends. If there's a cover maybe not but any other time who cares really. You see singles and duo's doing it all the time.
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I wanted to mention that some bars pay peanuts to the band playing and to me I think a tip jar is a great way to compensate for the difference. The band works hard and they bring in the crowds and they deserve their fair share.
I still think it all depends on the scenario. But I am still of the opinion that tip jars look tacky and unprofessional no matter where they are(i.e. restaurants, coffee houses, etc.)
A tip jar in a upscale establishment may be a little tacky. As others have posted, it depends on the situation. Biker bars, bowling allies and pizza parlors, a tip jar seem appropriate since most of them probably won't charge a cover. If you get a % of the bar or door, a tip jar would be tacky.
Many places/bands do it out here....also most places don't have a cover charge - and personally - I'd rather have a cash tip than a shot of whiskey or a drink. For the record I make $400-500 a month on tips alone.
We've had over $300 dollars in a tip jar many many times....usually it averages around $100 depending on the day of the week and venue. Of course we then split it 4 ways. Many times the owner tips us...as do the bartenders/staff. (Some nights...even on a good night.....there will only be $50 bucks!)
That being said....tip jars can be tacky looking. I've seen some awful ones.
We also don't use a tip jar for private gigs, corporate gigs, or Casinos.
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Definitely. Especially in a country where people don't tip.
Last edited by xweasel; 09-30-2013 at 06:19 PM.
I think if your a cover band you should especially if your taking requests and stuff. I get you don't tip big bands but you kinda do in a way you buy there stuff at shows if you like them good enough to show appreciation so why not
Most of the bands I work with have a "request notebook" and they write down their requests - even though they pay at the door. One band has a tip jar with 2 - $5.00 bills in it and we usually end up with an extra 15 to 20 bucks per man from the jar. Some might consider this in "poor taste" - but the tips normally pay for the "breakfast" after the gig for me and my wife...guess Im "shameless" - huh~~~
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