Hey Guys, I figured it would be better to post in here as opposed to the other forum since the last post in there was almost 2 years ago. I apologize if I'm showing any bad ettiquette as I am new to the forum. Anyways, I have a kind of unique situation and after browsing haven't been able to find much information.
So this venue approached me to do a couple posters for 2 of their upcoming shows. They told me I will have my own table by the door and that I can keep all the profits since they are not paying me for the artwork/printing. They also said they will most likely buy what I have left over if I don't sell out. I don't usually work for free but I have sold posters at this venue for local bands and usually make out really well. The bands in this case are pretty well known and have a large following and they draw a 30 year old+ crowd aka people who are more willing to buy posters.
My question is that since the venue hired me, if the band approaches me and asks me for a cut am I obligated to pay them or should the venue handle that? I definitely don't want to rip off a band, but this deal was presented by the club and the potential profit is why I accepted the offer to work on based on commission only. I did the artwork, all handdrawn lettering, coloring, and will also be doing the color seps and printing as well as covering all the supplies. I anticipate on making good money so I wouldn't mind giving the band a cut, but out of principle I feel like the venue should handle that since I am not charging them anything and they are using my artwork to promote the show.
Another question, since I am covering supplies, artwork and printing, what would a fair percentage be for the band? I would typically figure a percentage and subtract expenses and labor and then split the profit. Again, I feel like the venue should pay them but ideally I would factor a percentage and number and then tell the venue what they owe the band.
I never create posters for a venue unless-
1. It is purely promotional (no sales involved, just an advertisement).
2. I have talked to the band/manager of the band and they are very aware I will be printing posters. And they gave the thumbs up.
The venue hired the bands to play at their place, so they should have all the contact info needed to get in touch with the band which they should give you. Get ahold of their manager. Work for the band not the venue always always always. Save yourself this headache.
Last edited by Twin Home Prints; 01-23-2016 at 04:15 AM.
thank you to everyone for the help. I talked to the venue owner, one of the bands already said it's fine but I'm waiting to get this in writing from both bands. If I don't hear anything in the next day or two I will contact the band directly.