Al I can speak to is locally the 2 large hotels are part of a chain and all conference services are bid on for 1-3 year contracts regionally in groups of 10 or so hotels and when they sell the conference space and rooms AV is another line of the contract sold directly by the hotel/convention center.If a person having an event wants to use their local provider they end up having to pay a buy out feeThis is how it ends up being a charge of $500 (arbitrary number) for a headset microphone 2 powered speakers and a recording device for a small meeting room for a couple hours. The hotel has the commitment for a conference based on cheap rooms or meals then reams their customers on the back end with inflated fees for AV and set design etc.Now there are likely many local independently run halls or meeting spaces in your area , parks and recreation department of your municipality, shopping malls, grand openings etc etc. the trade is there if you can find it but most likely someone has the gig already or its been bid so competitively yo may or may not cover fuel to get you there and back to do the job.How big is the church market in your area. Do any of them larger ones actually pay for production or are they working on a free labour business plan. Don't laugh but look at the math of being a mobile DJ/uplighting service, you can set yourself up in that game nicely for about 20k including licensed music tuxedo and scrim for everything but thats still a weekend gig.
I have an actual quote here from the A/V rep at the Hyatt in Burlingame, CA. The quote is for the use of FOUR 20a Edison receptacles during a 3 day event. No distro or other equipment involved, just the cost to plug into their wall outlets. Grand total is $3379.80.
$70.40/hr based on room usage 8am-midnight 48 hours, I'd guess you were buying out 1 tech plus 2 stage hands to get into the room with your equipment.
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