“How much does your band cost?” That’s the first question we hear over and over. With a little bit of research, you’ll probably find that prices for NYC Wedding Bands or Hudson Valley Wedding Bands can range from as little as $2,500 to well over $10,000. Are the $10,000 bands really THAT good? Here’s some perspective from us as an independent band, but also from us as having worked as musicians for various agencies around NYC.
If you’re working with an agency that has an office and staff working for it, consider this: Who’s paying for their office? Who’s paying for their sales people and administrative staff? The answer is that the brides and grooms that book bands through that agency are. On the low end, an agency will be pocketing at least 20% of the price that they’re charging you to book a band through them, and there are agencies that charge much more than that. So in the end, the band is only getting a small piece of what you’re paying.
Working with an independent band has some great advantages. Most individual bands aren’t going to have overhead costs nearly as high as those of an agency, so therefore independent bands’ prices usually aren’t nearly as high as the prices of an agency band.
Here’s a unique perspective on our band: Many of the musicians in The Kazz Music Orchestra were a part of, or were substitutes, for a very busy band booked through two separate agencies. Being completely honest, the agencies took a large portion of what clients were paying, and the musicians really weren’t being paid very much. By forming our own independent band and doing all of our own bookings, we’ve put together a group that is able to charge less for performances (which our clients LOVE), yet at the same time, we’re able to pay ourselves better than if we were working through an agency. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking at a NYC Wedding Band Agency, consider the fact that an independent band may very well have the same, or higher quality musicians than a big agency band, but may come at a much more reasonable price tag. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better in all cases, so be sure to do your research! Enjoy the music!