Re: Pay to Play gigs? Fair? Or not?
Unfair to the nth degree.
While the internet isn't a cure all for the state of artistry and musicianship, it has cut down on the desperation for exposure. Its one thing for bands to push their own material taking the time to network, shake hands and kiss babies. But shelling out cash to a promoter so my band can do the promotion?
I've quit companies who've had nonsensical "incentive" schemes that boil down to me paying them to work for them.
No, just no.
You'd be much better off making friends with some 20yr old marketing/business major and hiring them to manage/book shows for you.
**And a woman, it has to be a woman.
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