Hello Bassists, my old friends... So, there are many threads playing for free, or not, and all the conditions and nuances thereof. This thread is for a discussion geared more towards the DIY entertainment business itself - not when you might or might not play for free, but - - what has changed in music entertainment tha has apparently pulled the rug out of so many paying gigs? economy, napster, etc..? - where has the $ gone? this phenomenon seems to far predate the current, long recession... - what can we do to make this better? kill all the hobbyists? Are there more acts willing to play for nothing than 20 years ago? - are there niches for gigs we are not exploring? What is off the beaten path? I think this is a very organic problem. People have less $ for entertainment, but they still go out. Beer is flowing, if that is your market. The general devaluation of music must be a factor as well. Illegal downloads have created almost the expectation of free music. Has this post-Napster world devalued music more than is even generally thought?