Ways Musicians Can Increase their Tips
was listening to NPR the other day when they did a report on tipping in the restaurant
industry. One they had a list of tips on how wait staff can increase their tips.
got me brainstorming and surfing the net for other ideas to boost tips. That combined
with lots of performances at Renaissance Festivals helped me to develop my own
list of ways musicians can improve their tips.
yourself by name
Too often musicians forget to introduce themselves on
stage. Make sure you tell the audience your band name, but to really boost your
tips, you should also introduce yourselves individually. Let people know who you
are as an individual and you'll see greater tips.
out into the audience with a tip jar
You really can't be passive when
it comes to getting tips. You have to walk out into the audience with some visual
reference that says "Tip Me!", and they will tip you.
Meet your audience
at their level
Take the time to talk to your audience members at their
level. Holding a discussion from a stage puts a wall between you and them. So
instead, go out into the audience and talk to them face to face. Kneel if they're
at a table, so you're at eye level. And if you have ayour tip jar with you, you
will you will not only gain a fan, but you will also improve your tips.
your appearance personal
We wear kilts to most of our gigs. A kilt adds
a very personal touch It links us to a certain culture and makes people take notice.
Course you don't have to go that route, instead find some piece of clothing that
reflects your personality and you will boost your tips.
If you have multiple CDs, your audience will always ask for
your favorite. Tell them what it is. If you only have one, you can do the same
by recommending other artists that you like. That adds a two-fold advantage of
helping your audience find music they like and helping your fellow musicians.
A bright, confident smile will bring fans back again and again with lots o'big
your audience in the music with a joke or game
Next time you're up on
stage, see what happens when you joke around with the audience. Your personality
will glow all the more and so will your tips.
with fans by name
Music fans love nothing more than to be recognized by
the bands they love. So do your best to remember their names. They will feel that
much more attached to your music and feel like your friend. And these friends
will tip you better for the courtesy.
When you're out socializing with your audience, touch them
(in a non-sexual way). Whether you shake their hand, pat them on the shoulder
or back, or just brush against them, wait staff find that that even that will
boost their tips 50%. And it will yours too.
Use tip jars with the VISA/Mastercard Logo
According to studies done in
restaurants, just seeing those logos is enough to encourage customers to tip more.
I know it sounds crazy, but give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised with
your audience something in return for their tip
People love feeling like
they're getting their money's worth. And many people don't realize you should
tip bands. So give something in return. It could be something as big as a sticker
or magnet, or as simple as a business card that might include a $1 off your CDs.
Or hey what about feeding their sweet tooth with a piece of candy. Whatever the
case, that little gift will mean big tipping results.
Draw a picture
On a similar note, if you give them a business card, draw
or make a comment on it. That piece will be more valuable to them and will result
in bigger tips.
tipping a part of the show
Why wait until the end of the set to ask for
tips. Sing a song about tipping, or get your audience involved in the tipping
process by shouting something. Or offer a prize to the first tipper. But integrate
it into your show and it won't seem like you're just begging for money, rather
you're making it fun to tip.
No gig would be complete without an audience. So thank them
for taking the time to watch you perform. They will feel the personal touch and
respond when you ask for money.
If the change is five dollars, never return a five-dollar
bill. Always give back five ones. This allows the customer to tip you with some
of the dollar bills you returned. You will rarely get a $5 tip and returning a
$5 bill will turn off tippers. In general, it's good to return all ones if the
change is less than $8. You want the customer to have at least two ones so they
can give it back as the tip.
Bard Marc Gunn
of the Brobdingnagian Bards has helped 1000's of musicians make money
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