Unfortunately from my point of view it’s the ‘charity’ events that are the worst culprits.
My band agreed to play a gig for a local charity who do a very good job of helping people in our town. The charity made £3k on the day, which was great.
The pub running the event must have made three or four times the amount the charity did. The staff got paid, the security got paid, the sound guys got paid, the burger van got paid, the guy running the kids rides got paid, and the candy floss man got paid…but guess who was expected to donate their time for nothing? Ah yes, the musicians.
Now seeing as this was billed as a music festival, and presumably people were attending to listen to the music not to buy candy floss, how come the musicians were the only ones expected to provide their services for free?
After the gig I complained and all our future bookings at that pub were cancelled. Oh, and the venue owners were ‘very hurt and upset by my comments’ and all because I dared to question why musicians shouldn’t get paid when everyone else was making a small fortune.