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My band is pretty popular here in the Pacific Northwest and so we get asked to do benefits at least once a month if not more. Shows are not our entire livelihood as a band, but the bulk of it, aside from merch and some CD sales/Bandcamp revenue. We are politically-minded and community-oriented people but our ability to play for free is limited. How kosher is it to ask for a small guarantee? We are usually a headliner or a support headliner for touring bands. Some of the things we get asked to play are not very well put together and so the success of the event rests on our fans showing up and rocking out.
A Seattle Band