One of the most commonly searched or asked questions when it comes to determining whether one require engaging an emcee would be regarding Singapore Emcees’ rates and charges.
Before going into that, it is also wise to first mention an emcee charges the client for their event based on various factors such as how long the event will be, how large an audience will the event be expecting, the event venue, meetings/rehearsals required of the emcee prior to the event day, activities that the emcee need to conduct during the event, or any other miscellaneous costings deemed relevant or necessary to be billed. Of course, this is just a rough list and different emcees will have their own packages.
That being said, one common gripe that many emcees face is that clients have the misconception that emcees are paid based on how much they speak during the event. This is a huge misunderstanding and is actually unfair to the emcee. Clients have to understand that even if they do not require the emcee to speak a lot, and that there will be segments of the event that the emcee isn’t required to speak, this doesn’t free up the emcee to leave the event venue and take on other projects. Simply put, requiring the emcee being at the venue is already an opportunity cost for the emcee and that means lost of time to take on other projects. As such, do commensurate the engaged emcee reasonably and avoid negotiating downwards on the price of engagement.
Moving on to the rates charged by various emcees for different events, this article can only provide a ball park figure. For example, a wedding banquet can cost anywhere in the range of S$588 to S$1088. A half-day conference will cost between S$1000 to S$2000 while a full-day conference will more likely be around S$1500 to S$3000. Smaller scale events such as roadshows will usually be charged on an hourly basis and will be around S$100 to S$250 an hour. Here’s a table to summarize:
|Event Type||Price (SGD)|
|Dinner & Dance||1000 – 3000|
|Conference||1500 – 3000|
|Wedding Banquet||588 – 1088|
|Family Day Carnivals||800 – 2000|
|Product Launches||800 – 1800|
|Roadshow||100 – 250 per hour|
It’s difficult to produce a comprehensive rate card here. Some emcees might charge hourly rates while some do not. Their years of experience in the industry will also affect the way they charge and their premium prices. If you are willing to look at developing a long-term working relationship with the emcee, they might even be willing to discuss and adjust their rates for you!
Hope this article gives you a nice insight into how emcees come up with their charges, what should you consider when enquiring about emcee rates, as well as what range of pricing will you be looking at based on your type of event. Head to the directory, look up the list of emcees and start contacting them to find out more!