EDIT: I provide followup info: in this reply! and this one. and also this one. Probably worth reading if you are going to reply. END EDIT I just joined a band, and I like working with them. We aren't trying to 'make it', but we typically play paying gigs, and most of that money goes towards renting our rehearsal space (so we should roughly break even). We all have day jobs, so it isn't really about the money. Bandleader has a potential gig at a county fair for us, but it's unpaid. I said I wasn't that interested since there's no money, so the bandleader just offered me fifty bucks to play that show. I have only been with these guys for one audition/rehearsal, as well as attend their final show with the previous bassist that I was replacing. The drummer is already on board with the unpaid gig, and I'm the new guy. Should I lower my expectations of the kind of gigs we get (this is the bandleader's/frontman's pet project, so he handles all the booking and pr and whatnot)? If I vote no on the gig I'm in the minority, but I also just joined so I'd feel weird asserting myself like that. I'd feel weird taking the $50, since that's basically out of his pocket, and I'm (thankfully) doing well enough financially that I really don't need the money. The drummer was already on board with the gig so this offer was only directed at me. And I'm new so I don't want to make waves. I feel weird about it. I'm thinking of turning down the money but also making it clear that we shouldn't be learning any new material for the unpaid gig, and there shouldn't be any special preparation for it since we'll already be in shape to perform by then anyway (it's not long after a different, paying, gig). TLDR: Bandleader offered me $50 to play an unpaid gig with our band, because I was operating under the expectation that our gigs would generally be paid. I just joined the band and don't need the money out of his pocket.