Sounding Board—Finding a Fair Fee

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—by Brandee Younger

The notes we play are only the beginning of our work.

"The notes we play are only the beginning of our work," says freelancer Brandee Younger.

“The notes we play are only the beginning of our work,” says freelancer Brandee Younger.

Early in my career I received the following call for a gig:

Client: “I need a harpist to play four hours of background music at the Waldorf Astoria. It will be amazing exposure—far beyond anything you’ve ever done or will do.”

Me: “Sounds great! What are the additional details? Is there a budget?”

Client: “We will do your makeup, dress you in the newest Tom Ford design for the night, and, oh yeah, Brad Pitt may show up.”

Me: “So you’re looking for someone to play for free?”

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