Hire a Musician

SSU Music Gig Request Form

Gig is slang for a musical engagement in which musicians are hired. Originally coined in the 1920s by jazz musicians, the term is short for the word "engagement". 

In the Department of Music at Sonoma State University we encourage these freelance performance opportunities so as to offer our students the chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills, create professional opportunities and foster the building of successful and sustainable careers in music. We have many students who have been approved by their primary faculty mentors to perform in such professional settings. 

The department does not set fees; we encourage each artist/ensemble to negotiate fees as part of their career training. However potential clients should be aware that standard musician fees for such gigs are generally $100 per musician for a gig up to two hours. 

Students accept gigs as freelance performers, not as employees of Sonoma State Univeristy. 

To Hire an entire university ensemble such as our 20 piece Jazz Orchestra or Chamber Singers please contact the directors of these groups to make special arrangements. Otherwise…..

Fill Out the Gig Request Form