For most artists, playing private and corporate gigs are no longer taboo

For most artists, playing private and corporate gigs are no longer taboo
Why? [This was my weekend column for GlobalNews.ca. VERY well. “I have a client. “We want to throw a party for the employees and our biggest clients. His price points for a performer are $250,000, $750,000 and a million-plus. Traditional tours are fine, but the best gigs are private and corporate engagements. – AC]
The woman was an event planner on a very chi-chi Caribbean island, a place where the ultra-rich go to play. And almost everyone is available for the right price. Gimme some options that I can take back to the boss.”
Then there was the guy who wanted a big pop star to perform at his daughter’s bat mitzvah. With music sales cratering, performers can no longer depend on big royalty cheques arriving in the mail every six months or so. From the Middle East. Keep reading. Plus costs and a per diem, of course. “Maybe you can help me,” she said. We’ve got about a million-and-a-half bucks to spend on musical talent. Because (a) they’re done on the down-low and fairly hassle-free, and (b) they pay well. He was in the million-plus bracket.)
I also had a conversation with someone from a big software company. He was willing to drop a million on her daughter’s favourite singer — and he did. He wants to celebrate his 50th birthday with a private concert aboard this yacht. Today, the big money is found playing live. Just don’t say Elton John because we asked and he’s already booked.” (I think the client ended up with an acoustic Lenny Kravitz performance. Very wealthy. Can you suggest any names that might be available?