Evidently in some places, that could qualify you as an enemy of the state .
This I agree with.If you're gigging for money, then yes $100 isn't worth it.
I play because I love playing. I drive an hour one-way to get to practice, then set up, practice, tear-down, then come home & set it up again. I don't get paid one dime for it and I don't care.
I play for the love. Sure the money is nice, but if you set yourself up to play without expectations of making a lot of money, then you'll be much better off.
Don't play for the money.
Good question, if all the weekenders quit (I'm one) would we see more bucks for full time players? And what are the chances that might happen? If bars paid more for music, how many venues would have music?I agree with this message, but how do you get everyone else to comply??? As you see from the other post, a lot of people are willing to work for free (love of the music). People that want to play music as a profession are screwed. It's gotten so bad in New Orleans, that you are lucky if you go home with $50 in tips because the club owners feel they don't have to pay bands anymore.