Can the opener’s guest attend for free?
“I am playing an opener set soon for a smallish long-established house concert series. We have been told the host “prefers” not to do any comped/free admission. I will be traveling with my partner, and I ain’t about to ask her to stand outside while I play. Nor do I find it appropriate to fork over a twenty out of my minimal fee so she can have a chair. Not to mention, I’m just the opener . . .
How do other hosts handle the occasional “guest of the performer” or comp requests; ie. what is reasonable to expect?”
- If you feel honored to open this show, you have the opportunity to be gracious and pay for your spouse/guest.
- If you don’t feel honored enough, you can always ask to “confirm if your spouse or +1” can attend as your free guest.
- The third option is to buy her a shirt that says “crew,” “roadie,” or “guitar technician” and teach her how to tune guitars.
While we do like to promote standards (100% donations go to artists, suggested donations, set lengths, etc.) we have to allow hosts and artists to meet somewhere in the middle of each parties expectations. As usual, the best answer is dialog. Gracious, thoughtful and kind dialog.
Mileage may vary.