If you have an event, having a celebrity grace it – much more perform – will create a lot of buzz for the event and, possibly, huge returns and success. But don’t start knocking on their door just yet. You might want to prepare for it, financially. The budget will depend on your event and which celebrity you want to invite.
The rich and famous has always requested the presence of an A-lister to show up at their party. Some people may die of envy deep inside, thinking that the host or celebrant is that close to the celebrity. Close, but no cigar. It is usually booking the celebrity through an agency that specializes on such. And the celebrity counts this as work where they get paid, and not a social call. Some celebrities will never accept invites for personal appearances, like Bruce Springsteen or U2. But there are still a lot of artists on the market that you can get.
If you want big-named stars, like The Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, or Madonna, expect the price tag to be around USD 1 to 5 million, which is reflected in their huge incomes(Check it all those net worths out on Taddlr.com). If you get up-and-coming artists, they can charge around USD 15,000 to 150,000. You can hire some popular DJs, except Tiesto, for USD 25,000. But once they hit it big, they can charge as much as USD 100,000. If the celebrity or artists were once popular, like in the 70s or the 90s, that will cost you around USD 500,000.
Celebrities can do anniversaries, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, etc. Of course, it will all depend on what you expect the artist to do. Will they perform a small, private concert for you? Or just sing 1 song or just came in and say hi and pose for some pictures? It usually depends on how big the event is. Is it for charity, a personal milestone like birthdays or anniversaries, or for a non-profit organization, or for a company?
Celebrities know that it is still extra income their way so some may not turn their noses on such gigs. And since these are social events, and not marketing or PR events, the fee may be lower. There are several agencies online that handle such bookings