If your event is taking place outside of your local area, you will often notice that you are being charged travel time. Travel time is usually charged for the time it takes to arrive from the home office to your location. It may be billed at a different rate than standard AV technician rates.
A per diem is a charge by an audio visual company that is designed to cover the cost of food, incidentals on the road (think toothbrushes or taxis!) and other travel related expenses that are incurred by the technician while out of town.
Per diems are generally charged when an event takes place outside of the audio visual company’s home base. It also covers unexpected food costs (which are higher since most technicians do not have a kitchen on the road to cook their own meals).
An AV setup charge is for exactly as it is described. Your audio visual equipment must be setup at the venue correctly and on time. This fee is for the time it takes to set up the equipment.
AV Strike (or Takedown)
An AV strike charge is for dismantling and removing equipment from the venue. It also includes the time it takes to move the equipment to a truck (or other vehicle). Keep in mind that AV strike (or takedown) fees are often less than AV setup fees because it takes less time to takedown equipment than it does to set it up.
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