Building upon last week’s post about how driving expenses eat into one’s gig income, Drew McManus from Adaptistration put together an extremely cool online utility for Inside The Arts. Type in a set of parameters (distance to gig, cost of gas, mileage of car), and you get an estimate of the profit (or loss!) incurred by accepting this employment.
What an awesome idea! This is the perfect extension of the topics discussed in our post on long-distance gigging, and it will undoubtedly be the source of both amusement and depression for many musicians! The next time you’re called for a low-paying, long-distance gig, just plug in the numbers and see whether it’s really worth it to take the job.
Drew has also created a deluxe version of this gig cost calculator, with a wide variety of variables (tolls, parking, etc.). This is extremely cool, and you can check it out here.