Although I've been running my choirs for several years now, I'm getting out of my comfort zone and have decided to run a 2 hour a cappella singing workshop! I wondered if anyone had advice about what to charge? The venue costs will be about £75 and I may have some poster/flyer costs on top.
Hi Louise. Firstly, congrats! I'm sure it will be a great workshop.
I think you're already on the right lines by identifying your costs. Go one step further and factor in the cost of you! What do you need to earn to make it worth doing? Here's a rough budget as I would do it:-
Overheads - venue, refreshments, printing etc
Other costs - travel? advertising? Maybe add a contingency in case there are unforeseen costs.
What do you need to earn? Don't forget your prep time, so let's say 2 hours for the workshop, plus half a day's prep? Depending on how much of the material is already familiar to you.
Let's call it 6 hours in total. If we use £30 an hour as a starting point (at the lower end for music teaching and tutoring), that means we'd be aiming for £180.
Let's assume that the costs are £100, we need to charge £280 in total. Divide that between the number of people you expect to sign up.
Be careful not to use the maximum number of attendees here - you might not fill it. What's a reasonable expectation? So if you could reasonably expect 20 people, you would need to charge a minimum of £14.
Having done that exercise, I go at it from the other direction. What's a reasonable fee for them to pay? Well, they'd expect to spend at least £15 for any entertainment ticket these days, so £15 to £20 seems like a good ball-park.
Does that help?
I am organising a workshop in may. I have done it before using external facilitator. I know what the local market will pay which is £10 for a 3 hour session or £20 for a day. We do 3hrs includes tea cake and music hire. I had 40 people attend last year. This is fundraising for the choir I belong to which helps us offset spring concert costs 4 soloists and I instrument .I worked very hard promoting this........ My budget for facilitator is £170-£200 plus expenses. So if anyone fancies a day at the seaside in essex singing opera with a mezzo soprano opera singer let me know.
The community choir I started would love an a capella session next year, at the moment I am concentrating on my conducting skills and have found the online resources on this website brilliant thank you.
£10 for a 3 hour session seems like tremendous value for money!
We are rural essex..I would love £15 but others charging 7 to 10 .
I am quite excited designing poster we have an opera singer doing anvil chorus and with drooping wings from Dido
Thanks so much for these comments.
I was thinking about £15 working on the basis of 20 people attending. I'm hoping that some of my older members and members who have flexible timetables will be able to attend as I've planned it for a Monday afternoon.
Dipping my toe!!
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