About my services and fees
in Aged-Care Communities...
Unless otherwise arranged, my 2024 fee is in accordance with the Federal Government's Live Performance Award 2010 (amended July 1 2023 by the Fair Work Ombudsman) published at https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay-and-wages in which the required rate for a one-hour daytime performance by a Principal (Live Performance Award: MA000081/Musician-Casual - by the call) is $209.34 (based on an hourly fee with minimum call hours of 3 hours).
This official rate is consistent with the Musicians Union of Australia directives, subscribing to the same rates. For a summary of those fees and charges see https://musiciansunion.com.au/calculator/ (accessed 12/12/2023).
Yes, I believe my fees may be slightly higher than your average guitar-singer/busker entertainer so common in aged-care settings. But aside from providing a mature and unique cultural, musical and cognitive experience, holding a doctorate in music, media, culture and communications makes me highly qualified as an engaging performer with a working performance practice targeted for aged-care communities.
My performance practice has developed over many years. I feel that performing as a qualified, empathetic, communicative, and established professional arts and culture worker – including the booking and invoicing process, preparation, reliable and punctual adherence to schedule, dependable performance equipment, quality including special programs, and overall value – is worth a reasonable, albeit slightly higher than your average entertainers’ fee.
I supply my own high-quality PA (and lighting if required) system so everyone can enjoy the music while not overwhelming those nearest me.
I comply with all legal health and safety requirements and have all required insurance and police accreditation and documentation to work in the Aged Care Sector
At right: That's me again forever working on performance repertoire in my ever more cluttered home studio in 2023. Here, I am using a beautiful instrument hand-made in 2010 crafted and adapted for me by Jeff Highland, a wonderful luthier from Caves Beach NSW.