Musician and Nightclub Booking Arrangement
Your client, Jerry the Jazz musician, is becoming increasingly
well-known in the region. He has recently been offered a booking
arrangement by the Nightowl nightclub, the ritziest jazz bar in the
city, for Tuesday nights. They propose paying him $500 per appearance
plus 10% of house profits. Because they want to have the opportunity to
use other musicians for variety, taking advantage of out-of-town
players who pass through, they are only willing to guarantee Jerry 26
Tuesday night appearances over the course of the year. They would give
him one week’s notice with regard to each Tuesday, and he would
be obligated to appear when called.
Jerry tells you that he finds this offer attractive because it would
give him some stability in his income, something he has never had
before. On the other hand, he does not like the idea that the
arrangement would preclude his doing any other gigs on a Tuesday night
(or out-of town gigs on Mondays or Wednesdays); given his increasing
reputation, he occasionally gets great one-shot offers.
How do you advise Jerry regarding his contract negotiations with Nightowl?