Hire a Musician

piano with sheet music

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 to offer our students the chance to develop entrepreneurial skills, create professional opportunities and building successful and sustainable careers in music.

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 a standard gig fee is $100 per musician for up to two hours. 

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

Fill Out the Gig Request Form