I am curious what the average weekly pay is for a touring musician on the road? To set some parameters: 1. Let's say the act is a low overhead show that is successful and makes great money (5 - 10K gross a show), always in the black and it keeps growing. The band will consist of a leader and two sidemen maximum. They travel by van and will have to hump their own gear. The crew and leader are easy to get along with. 2. The leader wants a mature, high-quality and versitile (multi-intrumentalist) musician. Not a kid who just looks cool and can play a steady stream of eighth-notes. 3. The music quality is decent. Not great by musician standards. I'm sure a "jazz" cat would slit his wrists. But the gig does require an accurate and musical player. My opinions right now: I personally cannot justify going on the road for under $1,000 a week if you can make close to that figure in your home town just freelancing. I know I won't get my mug in BassPlayer mag. for playing weddings and club dates in my hometown. But I do enjoy a variety of gigs in town (classical, jazz, rock, ethnic, broadway shows). The only way I'd go out for less than a $1,000 is if it were my own music I was playing. At the same time I know there is a limit to what can be done in my hometown marketing high quality music. It is a sad reality that I make a fair amount of money performing some overall poorly played music. I'd rather take gigs that hold me to a higher standard of professionalism. So where is it at? Have I priced myself out of the touring market?