“Why is it so hard to find venues that are happy to pay you nowadays?”

“A bar in Reading hosts a number of music nights, this particular night I was asked to fill in last minute for someone. I contacted the organizer and asked about pay, and he comes out with ‘since we make no money at the door we don’t pay any of the artists’.

In the same breath he says that he is happy to give me free drinks.

A pint of beer averages at around £3.10.

If he can spare the sheer amount of free alcohol he gives away then surely he can pay the musicians.

Why is it so hard to find venues that are happy to pay you nowadays?”