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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / I turned down my highest ever paying gig this week



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Oct 10th, 2017 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

My former bass player from a couple of years ago contacted me out of the blue to offer me a one-off gig next month. The fee was almost 10x what I usually make from normal cover band gigs, so I checked the diary, realised we were booked that night and politely turned it down.

Tell me I done good?


Contributing Member

Manchester, TN

12,423 Mustangs passed and counting
Oct 10th, 2017 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Doesn't your present band provide sick days? Personal days?! Time off for good behavior!?

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 10th, 2017 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

You did good. You did the right thing.

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Oct 10th, 2017 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yup - you did the right thing. Even if the gig already scheduled was a free one, honoring a previous commitment shows integrity. Turning down a golden opportunity is hard to take sometimes but in a case like this you acted in a professional manner and that's what gives you a solid reputation and what gets you hired again in the future.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Oct 11th, 2017 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

So there's no chance to change dates on the first gig? No chance to have a stand-in for you?

You did the right thing if you can't accommodate the conflict. If you play music for a living then it would be tough to turn down, but I understand why you did.



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Oct 11th, 2017 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys.

Sometimes you just have to "do the right thing". ;-)

Slim chance of getting the original gig date changed, no chance they'd do the gig without me. I've only missed one gig with this band in 10 years, and when I asked how it went they said "Never again"

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Oct 11th, 2017 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

If the pay is 10x more, could you cancel the first gig, pay your mates their rate and still come out ahead?


Philly, B-3 Capital

don't dream it be it
Oct 11th, 2017 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'd have tried to find a way to make it work while satisfying all parties.

if not then go ahead w/the orig gig.
but no fault to you at all, you did what you felt was right.

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the downtime
Oct 11th, 2017 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Commitment and loyalty are WAY better than any $$.

You done good.

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