How Much Do People Earn at Summer Festivals?

With Coachella on the near horizon, it’s almost time for the summer music festival season in North America. Billboard helpfully deconstructs where all the money goes from your festival ticket and sponsorship dollars.

Festival promoter/producer
Paycheck $5 million to $25 million
Description Stages the festival, books talent and oversees every aspect of the experience. Also, takes the financial risk.

Agent/booker for main-stage headliner
Paycheck $15,000 to $200,000
Description Artist reps secure a prominent festival spot for an act and earn either a flat fee or 2 to 10 percent of the talent’s income.

Main-stage headliner
Paycheck $1 million to $4 million
Description Top-tier performers often earn several times more for a festival than they would for a stand-alone show.

Speaking of the above, Billboard also has this story about how multi-million dollar paycheques can solve a lot of internal issues.

Meanwhile, there’s more on the who-makes-what story. Keep going.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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