Canadian Musician - May/June 2017 - Page 11

music comes from,” adds McCarty, before cautioning, “There are also a lot of busi- nesses that don’t and there are some pretty prominent entities whose business relies on music that you’d be surprised what their attitude is towards paying.” The lesson for artists is that it may be a good idea to ask the venue ahead of time if it’s licenced by SOCAN. Aside from the licence fee, the other main criterion is there needs to be a ticket price or admission cost of at least six dol- lars. “I don’t know where the six dollars came from; it’s an historic figure that’s been there for quite a while and hasn’t been changed,” says McCarty. “So with inflation eating away at the value of our currency, it’s actually in relative terms gone down over the years. So it’s not a huge threshold and every bit helps.” That six-dollar threshold is important for artists to know, because it’s common for a venue to set a five-dollar cover charge at the door, or for the artists themselves to set a price of five dollars or less to entice audi- ences. Musician-friendly venues will advise musicians, in such scenarios, to bump the price up to six dollars, but don’t count on it. Luckily, there are folks like Shawn Cream- er, owner of the Dakota Tavern in Toronto and The Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Edward County, ON. “Often, when I’m booking bands at the Dakota and it’s their first time through and they’re going to play on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, they tell me they want to set the ticket price at five dollars,” says Creamer. “We always tell them, ‘No, you should F6"6WfVF'2&V6W6RFV৖R67V&֗BW"6WBƗ7BF44( ( Ю( vB&W72fRv^( fPFRƖ6V6VRbFRV"( W6046'GvV7&VW.( 2v&G2&R&RЦ6VFVBF( Bb'W6W76W2@'W6W72vW'2W7BF( BVFW'7F@vBB2BrBv&2BFWF( @6V7BFRFG2FBF2WFW( &PrƖ6V6RfVW5vW2FFRVPvw&FRFRW62FN( 2&Vr&W6VBЦVBFV"6RFW֖vBVFW'7F@FRfVRbW62FFV"'W6W72FWW7BF( BvWBFB6V7FgFV&RЦ6W6RFW( &RFrWfW"FFP'F7BFW( &R6r( vVW7BBR( 'WBFWFF( BFVf"FV"6ww&BЦrFW6RF2FRvFBW62G&VG0fRvR&RB&R&V6&Fr'BХrrr2BR2247G2BW&f&֖r'F7G2&RFr6w0FBFWFF( Bw&FR'FV6VfW2"66W2BWN( 26FR66R`6w&FrFR6w&FW'2vVW&ǒ7VЦrW7Vǒ&V( BFW"vFFRW"Цf&֖r'F7EBFW( &RB&VVfGFpg&FRF6WB6W2"FRW&6F6P6W2FV"ǒV6֖2&VVfBg&FP66W'B'W6W722F&VvFV"44&FW2( ХFR7B'BbFRWVF( 2@vW&RBgFV'&V2Fv246'G6B( 22vWGFrFR'F7BF7GVǒ7V&֗@FV"6rf&FF44VƖR6FR'&F67B"7G&V֖r&ЧFW2446V7G2BF7G&'WFW2ƗfPW&f&6W2&FW2&WV&R6RBЦ֖7G&FfRv&g&FR'F7BW6rFPƖR44V&W'2'FFR'F7@2&WV&VBF7V&֗BFf6FbƗfPW62W&f&6Rf&v6FWF2FR&626rf&F6VBЦrfVVRFFRF6WB"F֗76&6R`Ɩ6&RFW"'F7G2FR&bƒЦ6&RBFR6WBƗ7B446&WV&W0&bbW&f&6RB46'G60FW( &R&WGGfW&R&WBvBFW( 66WB2&bB6VB&R6WFrƖPF6WB7GV""vV'6FR66W'BƗ7Fr V"6G&7Bg&FR&FW" fVVRFvWFW"N( 2BfW'W&W0&6W72W7V6ǒvfVFR&Wv&G2( Ŗ^( B&R7W'&6VBBrV66V@&R6GFrFW&Rf"RgFW"6WR`V'2WfVFVv^( &RBW6V@R"FFW&r7B6vR6W"ЧFǒFN( 2v'FBf"&GFvvWBFRW( 6246'G&Vv&FrrV6442rB2FRw&VFW"bGvF2f'7BFPƖ6V6RfVRBF44'FRfVVP2F&VRW"6VBbFRF6WBBF &WfVVRg&FB6rFBgVV@2FV76VBFFRW&f&֖p6ww&FW"2BFW"44&vG2BЦW'2f"FR6w2W&f&VB6f"WЧRbFRfVVRFRC2g&F6W@6W2BF֗76B2CF44BFB6RVB276VB2&ЦFW2FFR&VWfB&vG2FW'2'WBFPw&VBWw2f"6W"7G22FB4462֖V&FRbCsRW"6r6WfVbǒCF'2v2FR'FRfVVRB6ǒF&VRF'2v0&V6VfVB'44B7F2WBCsR0&FW2f"FB6r6N( 2'fW2p֖R46'GFRƗfRW&f&6R&FW26V6ǐFBW442bWg&VЦF7G&'WFVBƖ6V6RfVW2FBBW6W2FFRFffW&V6RF6R6w2vW&RFPF&VRW"6VBfVR2W72FCsR44গ2&RFWB&RFB6V7G06R6w2&V6W6RB66V7G26vf6BVBbWg&Ɩ6V6PfVW2f"6w2vW&RFR'F7BFW6( B7V"Ц֗BFV"f&FBFW&Vf&RFW6( @6V7BFV"&FW2FBF&VRW"6VBƖ6V6RfVR"CsP֖V2BFFR&VWfB&vG0FW'2R6ww&FW'2BV&Ɨ6W'2v6R6w2vW&RW&f&VB6FP6W7BWRb^( &R6VbV&Ɨ6VB66vW"6ww&FW"W&f&֖rW v6w2RVW44ƗfRW&f"Ц6R&FW2FB&RBf"W"W"Цf&6W2bRfRWV6w&FW"N( 27ƗBSSbRW&f&6w2Pw&FRBR6rw&GFV'6VPV6RRvWBRW"6VBbFRW@FRFW"w&FW"&V6VfW2ffRW"6VB`RfRV&Ɨ6W"FW6vWB7WB( ĒVFW'7FBV^( 2W6F7FB@66VV6Ɩ6FVBBvRFF氧FR&6W726&R6ƖfVB( 2Bv^( &Pv&rFBF'&rBWFFFPFV6wv6RBW6W"WW&V6Rv6P( 2'WBN( 26WFW2&B&ffƖrvVv^( 66V&GB6( RrvRfRWW&Rf"RBN( 2BG&fVB( BB6VV2F&R&BFvWBFVF6VBFR6WBƗ7G2( 622Ф6'GvFFBRFV26FW66( FW&R&R&VǒF&VRG2( BƖPW"&VFW'2vrv&VV&W&s6VBW2W"6WBƗ7G26VBW2W"6WBƗ7G2B6VBW2W"6WBƗ7G2( ХRvWBFRB֖6V&R2FR6V"VFF"`6FW662BR22( "