I am interested in what others think about this situation. I am, in general, opposed to the idea of unpaid gigs. However, the gig in question is at a church I attend and would be going to this church anyway this Sunday. There is a pianist who gets paid, and there is sax player who does this for service (i.e. free). Both usually play every week. The choir director called me and asked me if I wanted to fill in for the bass player who cannot make it this week. They have a bass player (paid) at most about once a month. This is not a large church anyway. I said yes, we talked about the music, and then she brought up the question as to whether I want to do this for service to the church or for $100. They were going to pay the other bass player this same amount. He is more a hired gun, vs. a church member. I am torn. On one hand, I do not want to set the precedent that I do gigs for free, but on the other hand, this is my first time there, the church does not have a lot of cash, I am a member. Also, I am more interested in being called more often for these church gigs, and I think I would be called more if it was unpaid. It is not the kind of gig that I would end up feeling resentful playing for free. There are other gigs that I would feel that way. I really want to hone my skills in this area for the future. And, I also do not want to bump the hired gun who has been playing there for awhile. I have no answer right now. Any thoughts? Do I need to toughen up and ask for the full payment? Or compromise 50/50? And, I started by saying I am opposed to non paying gigs but this is a gig I want to do regulary.