The website priceonomics.com posted a list of what its source says is a third-party booking agency's menu of fees for a long list of popular bands. It includes many recent New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music + Art Experience and BUKU Music + Art Project performers. For example, the list says Bon Jovi asks for more than $1 million for a concert. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation IRS form 990 for 2011 lists Bon Jovi Tours Inc. as an entertainment expense of $990,000.
It should be stressed that these are figures provided not by the bands, but by a third-party booking agency that specializes in college markets. And that they are essentially asking prices. Priceonomics also was skeptical about some numbers based on comparisons to a Forbes list of top grossing entertainers. The priceonomics list puts Bruno Mars around $500,000, but this Celebrity Talent International site says more than $1 million.
But here are some of its fees for acts that visited New Orleans recently:
Arcade Fire $150,000
Bruce Springsteen $1 million plus
Bruno Mars $200,000-$400,000
Christina Aguilera $350,000-$500,000
Foster the People $150,000-$250,000
Imagine Dragons $400,000-$600,000
Kanye West $400,000-$600,000
Lil Wayne $350,000-$500,000
Maroon 5 $400,000-$600,000
Vampire Weekend $100,000-$200,000
Pearl Jam $300,000-$500,000
The list also has a below $20,000 column, where one finds the Rebirth Brass Band for $10,000-$15,000; Cowboy Mouth for $15,000-$20,000; Solange for $10,000-$20,000; North Mississippi Allstars for $10,000-$15,000; Big Sam's Funky Nation for $5,000-$10,000; Dirty Dozen Brass Band $10,000