I realize this question is relative to what part of the US you live in due to cost of living, but I'm relatively new to getting paid to play music. All the bands I've been in have been all original sharing the bill with four other bands at a punk bar and getting paid a total of $20. I've recently started working on some looped compositions that would work in a variety of different atmospheres as well as some renditions of recognizable funk/jazz songs. This is something I could see as being somewhat lucrative but probably not as much as say, a full-band all cover gig. Being realistic I'm not expecting to get paid alot, but the places I'm going to inquire with should be able to throw me a little gas money and hopefully a little more (I would think). I've seen solo guys in the corners of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops but I've never known what kind of guarantee they get. I've got about two hours of material ready so I would think that should be worth something. So what would be a reasonable amount to ask? I don't want to ask for $100 and get laughed at or ask for $40 when I could have made more. The only paid gig I've done in the past everyone in the band got paid $100 and we didn't bring much of a crowd, but again that was a full band. I live in a city where that's a good amount because cost of living is so much lower than say, NY or LA. Just trying to get an idea, thanks.