To help attract needed band members, I was thinking of paying an "expenses/travel stipend" of $25 per weekly rehearsal. That would be $100 per month per paid player, to show up, learn the material and get prepared for 1-4 gigs a month. The idea is to pay the cash for at least several weeks of rehearsals, until the material (which isn't all easy) is up & running. It's kind of a themed band with an existing (but always expanding) repertoire. One issue might be, that once they get used to that $25 a week, they'd resent the ending of the payments when the time came. And maybe paying that money appeals to the wrong motivation? I don't want it to be all about that $25. I just don't know, but it's not a big city, good musicians are at a premium, and I'm driven to get an ensemble going again. Is it a good idea?