I am trying to get some input from musicians about the opinions of the "PAY TO PLAY" syndrome. I, personally am against it. I live in Southern California. It is almost customary for LA and Hollywood to offer this malevolent(not benevolent) practice. Competition is tough out here. One of my complaints about this topic is that the only people getting rich are the clubs. Personally, I am about 3 hrs from the Hot clubs. My band does play close to and sometimes in LA and Hollyweird. Ticket sales are hard for me. Unless I bribe my friends with beer and a busride, they will not attend a show that far away. Understood! That is my situation. I also attribute these clubs as theives to the musician. Sell 30-50 tickets and profit over that. Not to mention the cut they take on "selling" your merchandise! Just give me some advice or expereiences. Thank You!