Mudcat Café message #143343 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15779   Message #143343
Posted By: Willie-O
01-Dec-99 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: When should you be paid for performing?
Subject: RE: When should you be paid for performing?
Jack's right, McMoo's right, Marion's right.

You might as well ask "When should you get paid for working?"

First of all, if you play for 100% free gratis, you are not only not making money, you are losing it. Both in long-term --hundreds or thousands of dollars you've spent on instruments, accessories, music, demo tapes and what have you--and short term--gas, strings, rosin, babysitting, drinks.

I think the real question is when should you perform for free, or for expenses only?

A pub session is a bit different, but at most good ones there is a host/animator/facilitator, and that should be a paying gig.

Bill C.