**Argh, there be rantings and ramblings ahead. Best grab ye wench and ye best mead!** My band had a meeting last night that took an interesting turn after money was brought up. We're currently planning on hosting a house party this weekend that is going to cost each band member roughly $45 out of pocket. None of us have a real big issue with this as we'll likely make the money back, but none of us are too thrilled at the fronted cost either. Anyways, my guitarist at the last minute decided to try and add a few more expenses that would bring the total closer to $60 for each member. He looked at me in meeting and asked if I'd be fine with this, and when I hesitated he sort of flipped out for a second and started saying, "Dude, come on. It's not that much more. It won't kill you." Now I personally don't have a job, so any money I make through the band is basically any and all spending money I have. I told him this in response, and one thing led to another and we eventually got on the topic of taking paying gigs. Basically, my band (an original act, mind you) was offered a gig at a local venue that would pay us $300. I was for taking this gig because we could use that money to invest in lights, a better PA, and an assortment of other things. My guitarist and keys player, however, have been against taking the gig because the venue is known to not have a great mix due to the room being a concrete rectangle. Keep in mind that this isn't the only paying venue that they refuse to play at - just the most recent one we've been offered. And also keep in mind that we have heard bands sound good there. It's not often, but it can happen. I told my guitarist that I don't mind upfronting some costs for the band, but there is a certain line that I'm unwilling to cross if it seems like my return of investment won't at least let me cut even. I then went on to say that by turning down those paying gigs (which I reminded him is very rare in most original music scenes) is retarding our bands progress to invest in ourselves. But to him and my keys player, the risks of us sounding bad on one gig is worth passing up the money because it'll supposedly ruin us. I'm trying to take a step back on this because I don't know what to think, and I'm not sure if this is quite a red flag either. We also ended up talking about how I (in my guitarist's eyes - not much the rest of the band) view the band as a business too much and that he doesn't like it my approach to things because it makes him uncomfortable. He seems to think that the music needs to come first and that success will follow so long as the music is good, whereas I'm of the mindset that the music is already good and that if we start making smart business decisions we can create our own success. So yeah. Any thoughts of ideas on this? I know this is a bit of a rant/ramble, but I kinda needed to spill this out as this has been eating at me for a bit.