How to Hire
Musicians - FAQ
musicians perform all kinds of music for all kinds of events. The
Kansas City Federation of Musicians Referral Service will help you
to find musicians who best suit your needs. Here are some frequently
How far in advance of the actual event should a band be
As early as possible. Many musicians are booked as much as a year in
advance of the actual performance date.
What if I can't get my first choice of musician?
With over 100,000 professional musicians located in more than 250
Locals throughout the U.S. and Canada, we can find musicians who
meet your musical requirement. If the musician or group you want is
already booked, we will recommend several suitable alternatives.
How much will the group or solo artist cost?
The cost will vary. The exact amount will depend on the number of
performers, the length of the performance (usually 3 or 4 hours),
the occasion, and the popularity of the musician(s). Live music
usually costs about the same as a DJ (and sometimes less) and makes
every event special.
Can I hear a soloist or group before signing a contract?
Yes. The soloist or leader of the group will tell you when and where
you may hear a performance. Most musicians also make recordings and
How can I be sure the musician(s) won't back out at the last
All you have to do is sign an official AFM contract. Both the
purchaser and musician must sign the contract to make it binding. An
AFM contract is your guarantee that you will get the music you want
at the date and time you want it. Once signed, the AFM musician is
obligated to honor the contract and so is the purchaser.
Non-union musicians and DJs give contracts, too. What's so
special about an AFM contract?
A signed AFM contract is "peace of mind" insurance for both the
purchaser and the musician. Even if a non-union musician or DJ
offers a contract, there is no organization or trade association
monitoring their activities.
What if I sign a contract and then find that I have to cancel my
party or event?
A cancellation clause may be added to any AFM contract. This clause
allows you to cancel the engagement with sufficient advance notice
(agreed upon by both you and the musicians).