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Booking gigs for free? What's your opinion on this situation?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by kazamamaster, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Well, if you're going to "expose yourself", I suppose that Radio is the least dangerous venue for it. :D

    Seriously though, as to the OP:
    Yep, you're getting screwed. It's probably time to talk to the other members of the band about transparency. There might not be anything bad going on besides some miscommunication between drummer and gig (and the promoter screwing your band) but creating a culture of openness in a band is a great way to ensure a more stable band situation.
  2. kurtwash


    May 21, 2007
    You can die from exposure.

    But seriously, I would *not* do this gig. It stands to reason that the band you'll be opening for will be getting paid and they will be charging a cover; why the heck would the opening band get paid? That's just horrible.

    Basically, your drummer screwed up big time. I'd have a talk with him about booking my band for "free" (i.e. don't ever do that again).
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=508446 Is playing for "free" really "free"?

    You need to go with the drummer and talk directly with whomever he is speaking with.
    Get things straightened out and work out a contract including the money.
    Otherwise, don't do the gig. Sounds like a scam to me. I mean, where's the contract?

    In the future, all potential gigs have to be presented to you and you take it from there.

    Here are a few links on band management that may interest you :
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=73200 Intro
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=425221 Books
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=466534 How to fire a band member
  4. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    DON'T DO IT!!!

    Don't, don't, don't do this gig. For all the reasons listed above.

    Also, have *one* person responsible for booking. If your drummer hears about a potential gig, he can go to that *one* person and let them book it. Allowing more than one person to book and confirm gigs is a sure recipie for confusion, hard feelings, and silly gigs like the one your drummer's trying to involve you in.

    If you don't have a firm time slot and an agreed-upon anteed amount you will be paid, and its not a benefit, you should never take the gig.

  5. Moe Monsarrat

    Moe Monsarrat Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Austin, Tx.
    Endorsing artist:Regenerate Guitar Works Carvin, Micheal Kelly Guitars
    One thing for sure, somebody's getting paid somewhere in that deal. If it ain't you, that's your fault for going for it. You're working for someone else for free.
  6. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    Free gigs I'll do are something that builds the resume/brochure OR fundraisers for a non profit (we get a receipt as a donation).

  7. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    oh ya,, the band's getting screwed here

    if you can't walk away from this one,, play under an alias & treat it as a rehearsal & try out some new songs
  8. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    I take it back..

    I'll do a FREE gig at one local place.. they have a 100k sound system.. stadium looking stage etc.

    We'll commonly play Sunday afternoons when it's Empty..


    The photos look INCREDIBLE.. it's better than having some dumb beer neon sign behind and a bunch of drunk folks in the pix.


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