Make Money Through Singing

There are no rules for non-union singers, but there are some common ranges of pay.

Sample Pay For Singers in US Dollars

There are no rules when it comes to paying non-union singers for their performances and recording sessions. Here are some very general ranges of what singers in America typically make at these gigs (amounts in USD).

Demo Recording $100-$250 per song, $50 per harmony

Wedding (4 hours) $200-$300

Corporate Events – $250-$300

Church Singer – $400-$3,000 per month

Local venue with a local band $120-300 per night ($600-$1200 for the whole band)

High-End Hotel – $3,000-$5,000 per month

Cruise Ships – Dance band singer $740-$1,400 per week

Cruise Ships – Production shows – $1,000-$1,500 per week

Cruise Ships – Vocal duo or trio $1,000-$2,000 per week

Cruise Ships – Piano Bar $1,000-$2,000 per week

Cruise Ships – Headliner or guest $3,000-$5,000 per week

Cirque De Soleil – $50,000-$80,000 per year

Tribute Bands – $2,500-$8,000 per 90-minute set

One-Off Performance as a Famous Artist – $50,000-$1.5 million

Other Opportunities

  • License Songs for TV and Film (If you have recordings of your originals)
  • Use Distributors such as CD Baby, TuneCore (If you have recordings of your originals)
  • Session singing for commercials, TV, film, radio and records – Join the union, SAG-AFTRA
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