Originally Posted by caddywumpus
"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.
here in NYC if you are not a band whos reputation precedes you and you want to get on the bill of a national act you will be selling tickets
had to do it many times in the 90s and usually got paid pretty well