We play a few pubs a month and we get paid through bank transfer. I work for the band so the manager transfers payment from his account to mine. Its my first year doing this and I don't know what to do because I can't afford to loose money from either welfare or gigging.It is income, so be careful whoever you're playing for, eg, pubs, etc, aren't already putting you down as an expense even though you might not know they are. Do you advertise in local papers, newsletters or similar? We live in an awful small country.