[Dixielandjazz] Sideman wages 1922 vs 2004

Kurt bowermastergroup at qwest.net
Thu Mar 11 10:48:31 PST 2004

Tom said, "Folks EVERY THING ELSE in the world has gone up since 1922 and
when it does
everything around it goes up accordingly except the earnings of professional

Makes me wonder...does anyone know what the typical wage was that a sideman
earned for a three hour gig in 1922?  Increasing for inflation from 1922 to
2004, what would it be in today's dollars and how does that compare to what
sidemen typically make today. In Des Moines it is about $100.


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From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
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TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 11:54 PM
To: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Website Justification

OK guys:

You all know I have no problem sharing my marketing strategies with all of
you so this post should get to the bottom of why you are justified to have a

I book not only my own band but lots of other artists and bands worldwide:

just check these out to see how valuable they can be:

The unfortunate situation however is this:  Not one Dixieland Jazz Society
festival has even bothered to inquire about our conditions or availabilities
to play for one of their events.

If you spend a bit of time on my electronic press kit you will find however
that it does not cause us to miss any sleep as we are booking major
all over the world and performing with the biggest acts in the business who
selling thousands and thousands of dollars worth of concert and festival
tickets at $30.00 a person per day and up.

OKOM needs to come out of the dark ages and get with the current situation

The dcays of 25 to 50 bands per day for $.25 a band a day are nearly gone
folks, what with gasoline up to  $2.45 a gallon in California already.
cannot afford to travel and play small venues and private parties for a few
society members.

Ya get what ya pay for, or ya go outta business, pretty soon most of the
societies will be gathering on a Sunday afternoon to listen to 100 CDs for
hours for $5.00 and chit chat about the good old days when we had live
before we killed it off by being so cheap.

Folks EVERY THING ELSE in the world has gone up since 1922 and when it does
everything around it goes up accordingly except the earnings of professional

There are a lot of cheap bands out there, and some that get cheaper every
year just to keep working, but there are a lot more solid highly qualified
that don't play that game and know what their act is worth and charge

Contrary to popular belief,  We are not ALL STARVING MUSICIANS.

Musical content:  If ya wanna Dance Ya Gotta Pay the Band.




Tom Wiggins
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