QUESTION: How do those of you in Cover Bands negotiate the amount a new venue pays you? I'm in a cover band in the Charlotte NC area. We've started as a midlife crisis thing with 4 friends but have progressed to playing in a couple local bars. We've decided to attempt to branch out and find new venues to play in. The first bar we played at, we now play there regularly. We were recommended by another band, so we get paid the same amount as that band. We've been hitting the streets lately, visiting venues with press kits. Our lead singer was asked by a bar owner what we expect to be paid. He told them the same amount that our other 2 bars pay us. However, I dont want any new venue, who does not know us, to never call back because we asked too much. I would honestly take less money to simply get ourselves 'in the door'. I suggested to our singer that the next time he was put on the spot to push it back on the bar owner. Have the bar owner make the first move, so to speak. Any thoughts?