Please Note: Due to private party demand and music licensing restrictions, I am only able to accept a limited
number of bar/restaurant shows. If we're not available when you want, I will help you find someone who is.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I'm interested in karaoke. How should I choose?
A: Believe it or not, I sometimes get calls that go like this: "Hi, I want karaoke. I'm going to hire the cheapest one I can find." Wow...I'd want to know more. It will be much more successful if you find a good entertainer who has the most appropriate song selection for the customers at your particular establishment.
Q: How do I find one?
A: You get to compare and choose. Usually I recommend an expert KJ who is equipped by me. I even do business with a bar where the management chooses a personable regular to do the show (I train them first). Having an outstanding and up-to-date song selection for your customers to sing is equally important. If you are not familiar with the popular songs these days (or don't have time to look at karaoke song books), ask your servers or regular customers to help you compare. I'd be happy to come by and show our books and discuss entertainers.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Most entertainers equipped by Dream Karaoke charge what is average in the area or less,
even though their talent, song library and gear are second to none. Because they use only music that is licensed for public performance and has been legally purchased (for their protection and yours), they do have to ask for a reasonable amount. I haven't raised my equipment prices in over ten years. That helps keep your cost lower than most.
Q: We tried karaoke in the past. It didn't work.
A: If you hire a band your customers don't like, it probably won't work either. You have to find one they enjoy. This also goes for karaoke. Let's find the right one for them. If your team is willing to help, it will be even more successful!
Q: What do you mean by that?
A: Here's an example. One time I started a new show at a restaurant. The bartender was telling her customers "I hate karaoke. I hope we can go home early tonight." We didn't do very well. The next week they had a bartender who talked up karaoke and took turns singing too. Sales were MUCH better. If your staff is enthusiastic, it will make a HUGE difference!
Q: What about ASCAP and BMI?
A: They expect you to "become a member" if you have any form of music in your establishment other than a licensed jukebox. Karaoke, a band, a stereo, radio or TV (even the commercials often contain music licensed by ASCAP or BMI). They usually find you. Especially if you advertise in the newspaper, radio, entertainment websites etc.
Q: Do I need an entertainment license?
A: The rules are different in every city. Because of the peaceful nature of karaoke, I've never heard of anyone having a big problem getting a permit to have it.
Q: How do we get started?
A: Please give me a call. I would love to come by, talk to you, show you our song books, discuss KJ availability and price. You don't have to feel obligated. It will be pleasant and informative for both of us (whether we do business or not).
Q: Are you going to make us sign a contract?
A: No. None of us have ever had a problem with a club or restaurant not paying. Maybe it's because we all do a professional job. There are no misunderstandings that way. It makes me wonder why some of my competitors need a contract to do business.