Market Music

FAQ

 New Market location!! Sept 22nd and forward

Located in the parking lot of St. Johns School, the corner of Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway.

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Questions
from Vendors
Questions from musicians Questions from both!
Why should my farmer’s market use live music? Do you
accept every band?
Pete,
what’s in it for you?
Do markets have to pay the bands? How long
should we play?
What
if the weather is bad?
What do the bands expect to make in tips? What if
we need to cancel?
What do the bands need? Can we
play Original Music?
What if the band is too loud?
My name is Pete Lippincott. I am a full-time musician with 25+ years
of touring experience and a large network of musicians. I’d like to introduce
you to a whole community of musicians who are discovering what I already know
– that farmers markets are great places to play.
Why should my farmer’s market use live
music?
I believe farmers are passionate about three things:
1) promoting local products,
2) making money doing what they love and;
3) Expanding their customer base.
I also know that musicians
are passionate about three things;
1) promoting local music,
2) making money doing what they love and;
3) Expanding their customer base.
We
have a lot in common! We are self-sufficient sole proprietors and we have the
same difficult job: getting people to leave their homes
to spend money. Markets and musicians can enhance
each others’ ability to do this. Shoppers tend to linger longer at markets
where there is something exciting to hear and see. The longer they stay, the
more they spend. Music fans also look for trendy new venues to see live
music.
Do markets have to pay the bands?
The short answer is: It’s up to you. But consider this:
Markets
with deep pockets choose to pay as much as $150.00 to cover multiple band
members’ transportation costs and to reward them for bringing customers. Very
small markets are not in a position to offer anything more than electricity,
water and overhead cover. Your markets are as different as our bands!
You each have your own financial goals & limitations, and
you should decide what you can offer before signing up with marketmusic.org.
For 501(c)3’s, I recommend a minimum $25.00 gas stipend so the band
doesn’t take a bath just for trying.  It’s common sense that if tips & CD sales are non-existent,
but the band is consistently good, a gas money stipend is a reasonable request. Over time, this
will seem a trivial way to maintain a band with a big mailing list or fans
that will come to shop because of them. On the other hand, a band that is
just starting out might use the opportunity to develop their skills by
playing for tips.
So what do the bands expect to make in
tips?
The least I ever made was $85 and the most was $425. My own duo
typically makes $200+ in two hours. There can be a difference between a
market that’s been around 5 years and a market that’s new!
At new markets, customers are surprised to hear music in the
morning, but most enjoy it. It may take time for them to catch on to the idea
of tipping for it. The bands hope to get house concert bookings, and love it
when vendors put veggies in the tip jar! That’s the equivalent gesture as a
band giving a CD to a vendor. It’s a huge compliment!
Here’s
what I’ve told the bands: “Do the math”. At a typical nightclub
gig, band members usually earn $100 each to play 4 hours, (or $25.00/hr per
member). At a farmer’s market gig, they have the chance to make the same $100
each for only 2 hours of playing (or $50.00/hr per member). They *can* double
their Saturday income by adding a farmers market to their schedule.
Do you accept every band?
No, I do not. Some bands are not the right format and others
just aren’t ready for prime time.
What do the bands need?
I ask the markets to provide one electrical outlet near the
band, water, and some sort of overhead cover to protect the sound equipment.
If you do not have an extra canopy, let me know so that I can tell your bands
to pack garbage bags or tarps to cover their gear in case of rain. While the
bands are required to bring a sound system, most bands do not own canopies.

Please bring a fan in the hot months of Houston, and a jacket in the cold month.

How long should the gig be?
I ask the bands to play a minimum of two hours with a break in
the middle. If the market is obviously a power-house, the bands will ASK to
play longer!
What if the weather is bad?
Anyone can stand freezing weather for a little while, but guitar
players’ fingers don’t do very well on steel strings if the temperature is
below 50 degrees and the wind is blowing. If the
temperature is below 50, or over 95 the musician may spin CDs or find another
way to interact with the audience. The only
show-ending condition will be rain blowing sideways! Otherwise you need to be
braodcasting SOMETHING. If you show up, you get paid, no matter what. If you cancel without finding your own replacement, you will
not be able to book at that market again.
What if I get sick?
Illnesses can’t be predicted, but in a
foreseeable situation, I
have required the bands to find their own replacement from among the
pre-approved acts in the roster for that market. The
cancelling act will forward their payment to the substitute
themselves. Bands are
encouraged to barter gigs if it is advantageous to both parties.
What if the band is too loud?
If the market manager or the police ask the band to turn down
the volume, the band should do so immediately. This request is not a
reflection on their ability to play, it simply means the vendors can’t hear
their customers. I recommend that if the sound is too
loud, the vendor should notify the market manager,
instead of stopping the band mid-song. The easiest solution is to have the
band turn the speakers away from that vendor’s booth. If that fails, then the
volume knob will be turned to the left.
Original Music
I have told the bands that they may play original music as long
as it is family-friendly. Creativity should be rewarded in this environment.
Pete, what’s in it for you?
My
reward is being able to select my own dates to play at the market. My
definition of personal success is to be able to pay the bills doing what I
love. This network benefits the live music community. I hope you will
consider participating. Please call me if you have any questions, or think of
a way to make it more successful. (832) 413-3874