Editor’s Note: Jump to the end of the article for detailed results and more info on interpreting the chart above. To view the full chart, click on the image.There are few subjects that will raise the collective blood pressure of professional harpists as much as gig rates. It is a loaded subject—and one that Harp Column readers regularly ask us to cover here in the magazine.
This is Harp Column’s third gig rates survey. Our first survey in 2003 was so well received that we followed it up two years later with a second, more extensive survey in 2005. We were poised to conduct a third survey in 2008 just about the time that the market crashed. We decided to hold off and wait for the fiscal dust to settle.