I am about to embark into my journey into the music business. (Local for now.) I have been fortunate to have been in another profession for 25 years and am very comfortable financially so I really do not need this work to make a living. But after "discovering" my voice and being in production of my material (cover songs for now) for 16 months, 1 of which served for a 2 song demo CD, I am polished and ready to rock. (I am a solo singing act with my own backup arrangements produced by a Kurzweil synth/workstation.) Are there any tips that any working musicians on this board can impart to me so I can have an edge on the clubowner/entertainment directors "way of doing things"? For example, do these folks pay off the books? Is there any sort of a "pay scale" anymore? Is 40 minutes on and 20 off the usual arrangement? If for some fortunate reason I am wanted by 2 venues the same night, how would one handle the situation without pissing off a prospective client? I know, lots of questions, but the "search" function on this site did not let me search the "gigging" department. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on this side of my monitor. Thanks in advance. --- L.T.