My sister's son is pretty talented, got the looks and personality, lots of experience performing in musicals, good voice and for the past year or so started writing some of his own songs. A singer songwriter friend of the family who has been in the business and still has his contacts offered to take him to Nashville for introductions, play some open mic nights and try to generate interest for my nephew. He wants $20k just for his time, take the nephew to Nashville and use of his contacts. Anything like demo recordings, travel expenses etc is extra. There are no promises and it's not a question if my sister trusts him but before turning over that kind of money she would like to know if this is unusual or a direction other artists take. This guy has said that he couldn't make my nephew a star but could get him in front of those who could give him a chance and help him with his music if things worked out. This family friend is well respected in the area among other musicians and one of his Nashville contacts is a fairly big name BMI songwriter. My understanding is if the trip was successful that my nephew would get more experience performing his music, record a demo and possibly build a band. All in the interest of promoting his singing and songwriting skills. So, presuming the money is not an issue, is this a waste of time, unusual, something others have done? I'm just not sure how to advise her since I've never been in that situation or presented with an opportunity like this.