So, I have a bit of a concern. I find myself rejecting a lot of gigs when they don't pay well, or at all. I'm not a professional, just a guy who works here and there. So when one of my groups was offered a spot in the state's largest music festival, I was stoked. Only issue was compensation. Musicians were given: -Free camping/parking spot ($100 value) -100% of merchandise sales. -Bragging rights for being on the same bill as other major acts playing on the stage. -"Exposure to some of the largest audiences in the state". The festival is three hours outside of the city each way. Gas is over $3/gallon, at the musician's expense. When asked about going out with my group, I replied "can't do it. Exposure bucks don't pay the mortgage". Understandable. Today, I was ranting to this same BL about low-paying gigs. Regarding an upcoming gig, I told her that if they offered less than $75/person, she ought to tell the organizers to "pound sand". At another gig opportunity, I said no to tips and a skiing day pass. I don't ski and won't drive an hour RT for tips. I'm not a greedy player. I've put in my dues, is all. Now, as a part-time musician I just make sure I'm not devaluing the market. I do have to say no to more gigs and this may leave holes in my band, but is there really any winning here?