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From 3 rubles to hundreds of thousands of dollars: artists' fees in Soviet times and today



Russian artists like to complain that they work like horses, do not get enough sleep, and receive hundreds of times less than their foreign colleagues. Apparently, they forgot the really difficult times on the national stage. About the income of popular musicians during the years of perestroika (1985-1991) and now he talks

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Solo Performers

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Before perestroika, artists in the USSR were evaluated in three categories. Singers of the lowest category earned 3 rubles per concert, the second category - 5 rubles, and the highest - from 13 to 19 rubles. People's artists were paid several rates at once for the concert.

Folk singers had even higher stakes. For example, Lyudmila Zykina in the early 1980s received 303 rubles per concert - with an average salary in the country of 174. Edita Piekha had only 19 rubles, but she could give about 30 concerts per month.

During the restructuring, the rates were canceled, the fees became negotiable. Edita Piekha in the late 1980s received 100 rubles for a concert, and since the early 1990s - 2-3 thousand per concert (the average salary in the country at that time was 303 rubles).

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Megapopular Alla Pugacheva, since 1991, could earn 15 thousand rubles for a concert in one city, with an average salary in the country of 1195 rubles. The income was distributed according to the following scheme: 1 ruble from the sold place - tax, 1 ruble - to the organizers and 1 ruble - to the artist. That is, if a stadium for 15 thousand seats was sold, then the artist's income was 15 thousand rubles. In each city, the most popular artists could give a couple of concerts.


Now artists earn the most money at corporate parties, and the fees for concerts in halls are 2-3 times lower. Alla Pugacheva will sing at the reserve for 15-20 million rubles (190-250 thousand dollars), Philip Kirkorov - for 5-7 million rubles (65-90 thousand dollars). The most fashionable singer now Svetlana Loboda can earn 10 million rubles (130 thousand dollars) for one reserve. But the newly minted singer Olya Buzova will demonstrate her talent for just 1 million rubles (13 thousand dollars).

Rock musicians

Boris Grebenshchikov. Screenshot: GOSTELERADIOFOND Russia / YouTube


Concerts of rock musicians were banned, so they gathered at apartment buildings - illegal parties in ordinary apartments. The organizers sold tickets to the Aquarium, Zoo, Kino and separately collected money for drinks. Alcohol played an important role: in the event of a raid, the audience said in a voice that they were going to celebrate, for example, a birthday. For "unearned income" in those days it was possible to thunder into prison.

The ticket cost five, the artist's fee ranged from 30 to 50 rubles. Is it a lot or a little? Suffice it to recall that the average monthly salary in the USSR in 1986 was 206 rubles. In 1986, Boris Grebenshchikov often wandered from Leningrad to Moscow to house apartments. The concert in February, for example, gathered about 60 people - imagine them in an ordinary apartment and you will understand that this is an unprecedented success.

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By the early 1990s, there was a breath of freedom in the country, rock musicians began to give concerts at large venues, therefore, they began to earn up to several thousand per concert. In 1989, Andrei Makarevich switched from Moskvich-2141 to a used right-hand drive Honda easily paying about 70 thousand rubles for it (the Volga then cost 15-20 thousand).


A custom concert of Boris Grebenshchikov and the Aquarium group costs from 1 to 1,5 million rubles (13-19 thousand dollars). And Andrei Makarevich's Time Machine will come to your event for 2,5 million rubles (32 thousand dollars). By the way, now Makarevich drives a BMWX5 crossover - such a car costs from 5 million rubles (65 thousand dollars).

Musical groups

Yuriy Shatunov. Screenshot: OLD CASSETTE / YouTube


The producer of the most popular group in those days, "Laskovy May", Andrei Razin, earned 1987 million rubles from 1991 to 32. In the late 1980s, the band's concert fee was approximately 3 rubles. Considering that several line-ups of the group traveled around the country, Andrey earned money quickly and skillfully.

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The most popular nowadays group "Leningrad" earns from 7 million rubles (92 thousand dollars) for a performance. Of the "oldies", the "Hands Up!" - 3-5 million rubles (38-76 thousand dollars).

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