Hello, I've been working with a band for a little over a year now and they are now at the point where they are doing lots of showcases and have A&R all over them - its either gonna happen now for them or it ain't.. The problem is that they haven't paid for the previous 2 sets of sessions..and have run up a not inconsiderable bill. I've agreed to be flexible with them as far as payment, but now the manager wants to come in and do a couple more tracks..and there's still no money. I've had the usual "so-and-so will record them for free, but we don't really want to use them.." from the manager, etc..but I can't make a living doing things for free, and you don't get to buy (and maintain) the tools you need to make those killer demos that got the A&R down in the first place if you work for free... My thoughts are if this label likes the band so much, they could reach in their pockets at this point, OR if he is so desparate for more recording he should scrape some cash together. I've met a few of these A&R folks AND other producers managers (multi-platinum megadudes, too) who it is being shopped to , so when it comes to the crunch, I know I'm going to have to fight to stay in the game anyway, but I feel my relationship with the band is good and what we've done together is pretty special. I've had promises of getting to work on the record but...I want to see this through but don't see myself as a mug.. and the "mugometer" is ringing..any advice out there ?