Re: Pay to Play gigs? Fair? Or not?
"Pay to play" is usually a raw deal for the musicians. My band played some of these gigs back in the late 90s, but the amount of tickets sold didn't determine the headliner--we had to pay for 50 tickets, and try to sell them oursleves to make our money back. Little did we know that right around the corner were 2 venues that would let you play for free--what a better deal THAT would have been!
Ah, the naivety of just starting out. Anyways, if you want to play out, steer clear of any venues that make YOU sell tickets for THEM. It's just dumb.