I haven't seen this particular scenario mentioned before (though it's entirely possible that I missed it); I have a situation with my current band that I would like some advice from fell TB'ers on. I am in an established gigging band-we play an average of 8 gigs per month currently-we were at 12 a few months back, but lost a weeknight venue. Recently we have acquired a new weeknight venue, but the venue is running this weeknight gig as a sort of trial, and are paying a lower price than our normal (we are a 5-piece and generally make $600-this gig is paying $300). Because of this we have the front man (singer), keys, and drummer playing the gigs (incidentally, my son is the drummer, so I'm glad for him as he is a full time student and the band is his only income). Okay, here is the dilemma: I volunteered my free time for the first few gigs, hoping to sort of "kick-start" the weeknight event and get some positive buzz in hopes that we could turn this into a full pay gig. It hasn't happened, so I stopped going out as I'm paying for gas etc without getting any gig pay. So recently my bl asked if I could come out to a few more of these as a sort of extra time to rehearse with the band. I'm just struggling with being the only person there not getting paid (our guitarist hasn't/won't do these gigs as he lives considerably further away). I sort of set a precedent by participating the first few weeks, but have not gone to the last few. So am I being a baby and I should "take one for the team?" This isn't a big argument issue or anything with the bl-I'm just a little "butt-hurt" that I'm being asked to donate my time while he and the other guys get paid. Thoughts?