It would be unrealistic to say that musicians should never work for free, and of course it has to be a personal decision. The reality is, though, that many musicians are not given the choice. If the only work available is free work, then they feel forced into doing it in the hope that it will lead to paid gigs. It rarely does.
You may have taken a decision to undertake unpaid work whilst studying or carrying out additional non-musical jobs, but what happens if/when you want to pursue a career solely in music? If you’ve only ever played free gigs, how will you then convince promoters and bookers that your music is worth paying for when previously it was free?
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