What to do about
so-called "Charity Shows".
That's another branch of
probably the same subject! This is just one
example, I'm sure there are many that can add their
experiences. Remember an
example is just that - an example!
When I am asked to do a charity show, if it is a charity
that I am really willing to do the show for, I work out
a deal with them. They pay me my regular full pay for
the gig (this way I am not doing the gig for free), and
then I later write them a check for the agreed upon
amount as a charitable contribution for the event.
Usually it is the exact same amount, but not always.
For example, if my regular fee is $500 and they want me
to do a charity gig for a reduced amount of $100 for
example, then I have them write me the full check for
$500 and I write them a check for $400 as charitable
The good thing about this is that they realize the value
of the show they are getting, and they also get used to
actually writing a check and paying this amount. Then
they appreciate my show even more (not just a "free"
act), and they appreciate my check with my charitable
contribution to them that much more as well. When
other charities or other events ask what I charge, I
can honestly tell them the full amount that I got paid.
And I can write off the charitable contributions on my