I started playing bass with a guitarist/singer and drummer. They've been together for about 12 years on/off. We practice in the guitarists basement and he has accumulated a fair amount of gear (PA, guitar stuff). Together, they have a CD they've been trying to promote. Having spent money on recording and buying extra copies to give away at gigs and such. ( I haven't gigged with them yet) Enter 'ME'. I've been working on their material including some covers. They've even asked me to contribute some stuff I know that they might want to do. So today, Drummer/promoter calls me up and after a short conversation, asks me about contributing to the band to help cover promotional costs. Like $40-$100 or something to start. I was a bit put off by this. I had told him up front that I wasn't interested in making money at this, at least initially. Do you guys think this is out of line? I hadn't previously known these guys from Adam but had an ad thru the bassfinder at uglybassplayer.com. Not that that matters but I already travel the farthest (40min.) and of course have $thousands invested in my own gear. Just tell me I'm a cheapskate and I'll be okay.