“We were expected to do the first booking for free”

I am part of a jazz trio. We asked about possible gigs at a venue that features jazz groups and we were told that live acts are required to play free the first time. We were told this was to ‘see what we could do’ but we were expected to play a full two and a half hour set. We turned it down, but it’s a real problem – people don’t seem to realise that musicians have to pay the bills too!

Ian Morrison