After four years at university I will be moving back to my hometown and naturally will be playing weddings there. My old harp teacher recently contacted me and said that she has some weddings she wants me to work as a “subcontract.” That is, she will set it up for me and I’ll have to add $50 to the price the clients would pay, which would go to her.
I feel pretty weird about it. Is this sort of thing normal? I would have thought that the norm would be just to pass along another harpist’s contact info or website if you couldn’t take a gig and wanted to refer someone else, rather than asking for money from it. I also feel uncomfortable charging extra for no actual extra service, and if this isn’t normal I don’t want to set a precedent with her. I feel like I need to be able to do business under my own terms rather than her still considering me to be her student.
Any advice is welcome!