"My husband and I wanted to hire a pianist for our holiday party where ninety guests were invited. We were referred to Live Music Consulting (LMC) by our dentist (personal friend) who knows the owner, Dan Wions. I immediately contacted Dan via e-mail and cell phone but, unfortunately, he was on tour out of the country. Within a day the correspondence began.

He was able to find out what our needs were (both musical and budgetary) and he contacted a very qualified woman through the LMC network and connected us. Dan was such a pleasure to work with, returning e-mails promptly and always answering any questions promptly and politely. Making me feel comfortable that I would definitely have a qualified pianist for our party was such a relief and one less worry for such a large gathering. We highly recommend using LMC and will definitely do business as well as refer in the future.

P.S. Even after our pianist left our guests actually came up to us asking where the live music had gone!"

Mandy Holanda
(New Jersey)

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What kind of music do you provide?

From traditional options like harp, strings, piano, jazz combo, wedding bands, DJs, to more customized alternatives like bagpipes, steel drums, klezmer bands, or alpenhorns, we have access to a worldwide network of musicians that helps us to best meet your needs. While we do accommodate every request, our most common services involve matching musicians for classical, jazz, and cocktail settings. Groups for these engagements generally consist of 1-5 musicians.

Who will be my point of contact?

While it is rare, you  may have as many as three points of contact: Your Consultant, a Referring musician, and the actual Performing musician.

What should I expect from Consultants?

Consultants are your first and last points of contact. They are responsible for making sure you are comfortable and well informed of the process.

After Finding out your preferences and constraints, Consultants communicate those needs to a Referring Musician (RM), who will be your guide and contact for your event.

After your event, the Consultant will contact you again for feedback.

What should I expect from my Referring Musician?

Referring Musicians search for any other necessary Performing Musicians (PMs) for your event. When acting additionally as the head PM, they are responsible for negotiating any necessary contracts with you, discussing payment options, and keeping you well informed throughout the rest of the process.

What should I expect from Performing Musicians?

Performing Musicians (PMs) should display proper etiquette, perform in a manner that is musically appropriate, and be accommodating and flexible, within the boundaries of their contract.

For cases in which the RM will not be acting additionally as a PM, a head PM will negotiate the necessary contracts and discuss with you your payment options.

What and who do I pay?

As a general practice, it is customary to send your RM a small deposit to reserve the date for your event. The remainder of the payment is distributed at the event, upon the completion of service. Your RM will discuss with you the most convenient payment options for your event, should the above method not be practical. Payment may or may not include additional cartage fees (transportation and setup costs for larger instruments).

Do I need to tip?

While tipping is not required, it is greatly appreciated by the Performing Musicians. Generally, 10-20% is appropriate if you are pleased with their work.

Will I need to sign contracts?

In most cases, the only contract you will sign is the contract you negotiate with the Referring Musicians.

If there is a problem who do I call?

If any problems arise, your first point of contact is the Referring Musician. If the RM can not be reached, your original Consultant will be eager to assist you in any way possible.

You mean, I don’t have to pay Live Music Consulting ANYTHING?

Correct! Our consulting service is completely free for Patrons of live music. Our Consultants are here to answer all of your questions, and provide professional experience and guidance to you, absolutely free.

The only payment owed is to the Musicians you hire based on our recommendation.


"Music has charms to soothe a savage beast."
- William Congreve