I'm a subscriber to the Kent Musicians Notice Board. It is indicative of the lack of live music venues that when a gig is offered, the person posting is inundated with scores of responses. One thing that crops up from time to time is the issue of gigs offered with little or no money. This gets some pros hot and bothered, immediately quoting the 'plumber' reference.
However, if you are a relatively inexperienced musician and don't make a living from music, should you refuse the opportunity to perform in order to protect those who do need to earn a living?
And if you do, will those professionals negotiate a paid support slot on their gigs to give you both experience and adequate payment?
Not sure I've ever seen that