Should you play for free?

Whether to play for free or not is a hotly debated topic. Many musicians would flat out refuse to play for free. Others, especially ones living in the big cities like New York or LA, have found that playing for free is the standard.

I love to keep busy performance schedule – if I had my way, my trio would be playing seven times a week! I often have to take my trio into clubs that a very little or nothing. Usually, my priority is to pay whoever is playing drums and then there is nothing left over for Brad and me. I don’t have too much of a problem with it as long as I feel like the musicians are being respected as people and not being treated like cheap commodities…

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