School of Music > Resources > Career Services > Gig Connection Student Application
While it is primarily to help students develop their professional music skills and experiences, Gig Connection serves as a music hiring service for the Chicago community and beyond. Contact information for each gig will only be passed on to students and/or ensembles that have been approved for Gig Connection. The Gig Manager acts as a liaison for the client and the student.
To join Gig Connection, follow these steps:
1) You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
2) You must register for the service by filling out an online form. The online form provides the Gig Connection Manager with all pertinent contact information for you and/or your ensemble. Then, you must have a faculty sponsor (applied lessons professor, chamber/combo coach) send an approval email to the Gig Manager, acknowledging that you are allowed to join the platform and that you agree to abide by all Gig Connection policies. Both the online form and faculty sponsor email must be completed and received to become a member of the platform. Once your materials are submitted to the Gig Manager, your application will be valid for up to five years after your graduation date.
When the Gig Manager receives a gig, they will post the opportunity on the Gig Connection Job Board. Those interested must reply to the request quickly via email, as the gig will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the Gig Manager approves, they will release the client's contact information to the student.
It is then the student's responsibility to discuss and negotiate all details pertaining to the gig with the client, including compensation. The Gig Manager does not negotiate or discuss specific performance information with the client.
Once you have confirmed all details of a gig with the gig requestor, you must inform the Gig Manager via email.
It is strongly recommended that you use a contract when agreeing to perform for an event, especially when the job pays more than $500. This ensures that both you and the client agree to all specifics regarding the performance, including pay, hours, date(s), and any special provisions. Also, a contract will strengthen your case in court should non-payment occur. Sample contracts have been linked on this webpage.
In order to offer more opportunities to students, we will no longer require ensembles to be pre-formed. While groups may not be pre-formed, all ensemble performers must be registered members of Gig Connection before accepting an ensemble gig.
Each ensemble/group must have a contact person who will be responsible for communicating directly with the gig requestor and Gig Manager.
If an ensemble point-persons contact information changes at any time, you must notify the Gig Manager immediately.
While students will set their own pay rates and negotiate with the client on all aspects of the gig, Gig Connection recommends an hourly rate of at least $200 per musician. We encourage you to be aware of market rates, which depend on a number of factors. For a typical one-hour gig, each musician in a trio or quartet could expect to be paid $200-250 (for larger groups, the pay could be less).
Setting your fee below the market rate may help you gain a gig, but it won't help to educate the client about the value of the services you provide. Ultimately, undercutting the market is a disservice to you, your peers, and to other professional musicians.
Occassionally, there will be performing opportunities on DePaul's campus that function with a fixed rate of pay. In this case, the Gig Manager will notifiy you and assist in rate negotiation if they believe the rate to be insufficient.
International students are welcome to join Gig Connection!
International students must be authorized for off-campus work before accepting any gig. This requires that you speak with an ISS advisor for prior approval of work authorization. Please visit the ISS employment website for more information.
When accepting a gig, please notify the Gig Manager of your international status to ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed in a timely fashion.
Occasionally, gigs for a good cause may be available at locations like hospices, nursing homes or hospitals. While we understand that your time is valuable and that all musicians should generally be paid for their services, giving back to the DePaul community fulfills an important aspect of DePaul's Vincentian mission. You are under no obligation to take a volunteer gig, however, your willingness to do so may increase the likelihood of getting a direct offer for a paid gig for which nobody else has applied.