OK, I’ll get these forums started with a nice controversial topic! I’ve just been asked to send a group of (mostly high school) students to do a concert at a retirement community. A resident of the community heard them play (she came to one of my student recitals), and wants them to do a similar concert at her event. In the past they’ve had a choir from a local school and made a donation to the school. It’s not background music–they want a “concert” after dinner–and they probably wouldn’t be hiring a professional since they’ve already set a precedent of using student groups. Therefore, what should I ask them to pay, and who gets the money? I did quote a professional rate, which was more than they were expecting.