Summer music festival season is here. Have you ever wondered how much people get paid for playing one of these things? If you’re a headliner on the main stage, you can command anywhere from one to four million dollars for just the one appearance.
If you’re booked on the small stage, you’re looking at a payday of anywhere from $500 to $1,500. The big money is made by the promoters. If everything goes right and you sell enough tickets at the right price, you can walk away with a profit of anywhere from $5 million to beyond $25 million.
That’s a lot of money, but the amount of work required to oversee every aspect of a festival is huge and complex. And because you have to put a lot of money up front, the financial risk can be scary. Still, it must be worth it because music festivals are a fixture of every summer.