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Bands That Make More Than $100,000 Per Gig…

This is part of a substantial list leaked from booking agency Degy Entertainment, and first published by Priceonomics.  These are the bands that pull in more than $100,000 a gig.

 

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A long list of other pricing tiers below $100,000, here.

 

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Comments (32)
  1. David

    Gross or net? ‘Make’ implies net, but the sources imply gross. If you don’t know the difference you should shut your site now.


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    1. Anonymous

      So, Madonna’s crew doesn’t work for free? You sure about that?


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    2. Anonymous

      Neither.

      They don’t rep any of these people and aren’t even a third tier agency.

      These are numbers that we’re probably guesstimated off the top of their head or they over heard at and d list party.

      Show me the leak from CAA, WME, Paradigm or UTA…hell even windish…oh yeah, you won’t see one.


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      1. Seth Keller

        Hi Anonymous:

        See my reply to JW below for an explanation of what Degy is.


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        1. Anonymous

          In which case this now sounds like more of a PR grab than a “leak”.

          Take is where you can get it I guess…


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          1. Seth Keller

            Hi Anonymous:

            I’m not sure who the PR would be for. For Degy? Leaking suggested fees wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense for them or the artists they broker deals for, and knowing Ari, that’s definitely not his style. I don’t really see a PR angle for them. Maybe traffic for Priceonomics.


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    3. BiBop

      I’m sure they know the difference you fucking ass wipe


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    1. soniquarium muzika

      I’ve played along side 90% of the dj’s on that list, many many times. Why does it matter what they get paid? It’s a free market. If they command X and Get X then so be it. All of those djs are good djs, some of the are great Producers. But their overall “Team” has branded them proper and from Ibiza to the US, they get what they get as far as “earnings”.

      So, this should be a inspiration to all those “Basement Djs/producers”, to build a good team, to make sure they brand you well and to be the best on the decks and in the studio that you can be.


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  2. jw

    The author of the Priceonomics article seems to be under the impression that all of these artists are booked by Degy Entertainment, but hardly any of these acts appear on the roster on Degy’s website… certainly none of the artists in the $100,000+ tier.

    A quick google search shows this cached spreadsheet… http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:a1RxVXMP8jEJ:degy.com/Tour%2520Avails.pdf+&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    What makes that a reliable source?


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    1. Seth Keller

      Hey JW:

      I know Ari Nisman who runs Degy. Degy is a college booking agency and a middle agent for colleges and military shows along with some corporate events. While some of these artists make these amounts and more on hard ticket shows, my guess is that these prices are what Degy may quote to middle these shows to the clients for which they provide talent. I don’t know this for sure, though. As far as Anonymous’ comment that Degy is not even a third tier agency, he or she made that comment not knowing what Degy does. Again, they are an agency that books artists into colleges primarily and middles soft ticket shows. Their business model is not that of a traditional booking agency like those mentioned. In the area in which they specialize, they are arguably the top of the top tier…but it’s a completely different business than what most of us think as a booking agency.


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      1. jw

        Thanks for the clarification, Seth.


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  3. Jabsco

    These are for corporate/college/one-off gigs right? Or does this include points on the back end?


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    1. jeffrey

      Points on the back end?? WTF? these are not record sales… they are gigs. You get a guarantee, and sometime you get a bonus over a certain number of tickets.. its not really ‘points on the back end’


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      1. sara

        A lot of live show deals include 85% of the ticket sales after expenses/promoter profit. Guessing that’s what he’s referring to…


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        1. Anonymous

          Don’t even bother. This idiot has no clue how live touring works.

          Most live shows have a % backend.


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  4. Stever

    And 95% this list is crap.


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  5. Willis

    Not buying these numbers. Imagine Dragons cannot possibly get that much.


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    1. GGG

      ID is the most popular new rock act around, and are about to (or maybe already are) on an arena-headlining tour. If you want them to play a random date at your college, you better believe they can ask you to cough up half a mil.


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      1. Fish

        No F’n way!


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      2. Britta

        Oh yeah – their album has sold 4 million worldwide, which is more than any other band in the last 3-5 years, save for Coldplay and Mumford and Sons. I bet they can charge a hefty fee now, which is funny as a friend saw them in Europe a year ago when they were playing for maybe 1500 people.


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    2. nava

      Imagine dragons is selling live nation touring events out at 15k-20k capacity for avg ticket price of $50. Do the math.


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  6. Chris Standring

    Bruno Mars sold out two nights at the Staples center. 200=400k would hardly cut that for him now.


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    1. jeffrey

      yes… seems light.. I would thing he is $400 +


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  7. 2112

    no Rush?


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    1. In the Flesh

      And no Roger Waters?


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  8. jeffrey

    What about Elton John? how much does he make per show?


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  9. Veteran Talent Buyer / Promoter

    any others here who are talent buyers, or sellers?

    I can only vouch for them I know. Looking at the numbers for those I know, what I see is reasonable based on my personal experiences, and those of my peers and colleagues. Most I have no such knowledge of. But based on what I do know, I would suspect most of this list is within reasonable market parameters.


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  10. intellidjent

    No ‘tallica ’cause they’re doing over 1kk?


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  11. Silentbob

    Lorde seems low… and Bieber must be way down now


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  12. Michael

    These numbers are pretty good estimates. What’s funny about some of these numbers is that a promoter would never get their money back on many of the names on this list.


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  13. Will Moffett

    Fuck Justin Biber and Kanye West they have not talent.


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