Do you pay to play??

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Lotta, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. Lotta

    Lotta Member

    Does your band have weekly/annual subscriptions? As a fairly new band, we were wondering how other bands stay afloat? By band contributions or outside donations?

    We had a bit of debate about it.... the majority of the argument was if you were a member of another association.... golf, cricket, etc, you would have to pay to become a member so why not in the brass band world?

    Any thoughts....... :)
  2. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member


    but the 2 lower section bands I was in down south did...
  3. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    We pay £2 per month which is less than the price of a pint in most places. It's not much to pay when you get instrument and uniform free of charge
  4. backrowbloke

    backrowbloke Member

    In my band they do pay a token subscription, although at the moment it is only £26pa :D

    I personally think that the band should raise Laura doll said, I have to pay golf club membership, so why should band be different.

    Bands I have played with in the past, in all sections, have asked permenant members to pay a nominal amount each year, although in all cases the monies raised by this go nowhere near covering the band running costs.

    There are a couple of other threads in here around subs / sponsorship / fund raising
  5. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    Eh?? Me?? Can't remember saying that. Who are you?? Confused :?
  6. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    Oh and we don't pay either.
  7. cornetchap

    cornetchap Member

    Watford Band asks for subs, in fact we've just put it up from £5 per month to £10 per month in view of losing our sponsorship. Fortunately all the band members have been right behind the committee in this decision.

    Unless you know that you are going to have a generous sponsor for a very long time I would think it prudent to ask for subs. If you ever lose sponsorship and find yourself requiring grants you'll need to demonstrate ways in which you can raise funds for yourselves.

    Cheers, Greg.
  8. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    £2 a month plus the biscuit fund (mmm fig rolls).
  9. twigglet

    twigglet Member

    At wem we pay £1 every week (or else our charming treasurer Gwen gets you!) and also an annual subscription of £5

    I think this is perfectly reasonable as you get an instrument, uniform, coaches provided for concerts etc. I think it is a different case if the band have outside sponsorship, but if they support themselves then it is fair enough to ask for subs..
  10. Kari Anson

    Kari Anson Member

    If you don't pay your annual subscription, which is due each October you are not allowed to vote at the AGM. I find there's always a rush of annual subscriptions paid in September. :lol:
    Our juniors also pay and for that they receive tuition.
  11. yr_epa

    yr_epa Member

    Members of the Senior Band in Beaumaris don't pay any subscriptions. But I'm sure the other bands (B band, intermediates and junior) have to pay some kind of yearly subscription.
  12. jambo

    jambo Member

    I'm in the fortunate position of being in a sponsored band so dont have to pay however, when I was in one of our local rival top section bands we paid £10 to help keep the band afloat.

    Whatever works I suppose.
  13. dashman

    dashman New Member

    I think that without corporate sponsorship, a band has to ask for subs to take the emphasis off the money side of things. Six quid per month for us plus coffee fund, brings in almost 2 grand per year. And I for one, would rather pay that than **have** to be out every Saturday afternoon in the 4-5 weeks running up to Christmas, freezing my whatsits off...

  14. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Our band fund for the current year is £35 (frozen for the last three years, I think), but of course we are responsible for paying for our own uniforms.

    (The band does own a number of spare festival tunics - sometimes purchased from members who have moved on, and there was some assistance when we recently changed our blue uniforms to help out those with little or no income.)
  15. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    At Chichester we pay £8-9 per month (about £1 per rehearsal I think). This used to be to cover the costs of the rehearsal room but, as we get our current one for free, this now goes towards running the band and saving for our own bandroom.
  16. cornetgirl

    cornetgirl Active Member

    At tHB we pay £5 for the year, plus coffee fund - pretty reasonable I reckon!

    Rach x
  17. Kari Anson

    Kari Anson Member

    I want to know what these coffee funds are all about! :?:
    I'd love to be aboe to have a coffee half way through band regearsal - especially on those winter nights.
  18. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Ah the joys of the coffee bar... It's great at half time you just walk upto the coffee bar and deposit your shrapnel and you a present with wake up juice and FIG ROLLS!!!
  19. VenusTromster

    VenusTromster Member

    :shock: :shock:

    You lucky peeps, I save my money for the beer fund at the end of a rehearsal!! :p :wink:
  20. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Well if you will play championship section :roll: :wink:

    Of course there is drinking at full time too :bounce :guiness

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