Tip jars are always a must when you are doing a gig. Especially for your fans, they want you to notice them supporting you.
So how would you facilitate this? Placing it at the merchandise table and making sure it’s close to the stage. This way, you can see how you are effecting your fans.
Your tip jar is basically a cue to your audience telling them they are supposed to tip if they like what they hear. You want them to see through the container, so they know how much money is in it already. It gets people attention and if a few people start doing it, then eventually almost everyone will.
That being said, the kind of container you use makes a huge difference. You have options, but one might be better than the other depending on the situation.
Here are some pros and cons to consider:
- They are classier than regular plastic. It would be great for high end events.
- They are inexpensive. You can get them at discount stores but they might be less appealing. Still can get the job done.
- They easily break and that might stop the tips from coming through
- They are durable and you can use them again for other gigs
- They can be used to store many small things besides putting your money in
- They are not that desirable as glass containers and may stop people from actually tipping you depending on where you are performing
- They are lighter then glass and can be easily knocked over by the wind which can make you lose your money.
Ultimately, you can use both kinds depending on where you are performing. It’s important for fans that you see them acknowledging their support.