"For Easter I was offered a gig (in February) that paid $125 and I had said yes to it but today (April 1) was offered another from an old teacher that pays significantly more. What is the most tactful way of backing out of the former?
There is an offer, and acceptance. You are under contract. here's what I do when a business or organization backs out or double books and tries to back out of the contract. generally, I'm easy to work with and let's face it, people make mistakes, even organizations and businesses. However, if the organization gets the least bit snotty or bossy, I email them and tell them I am due payment and the payment needs to be made within 30 days or the issue will be turned over to Small Claims Court.
So, back to you. If I found out you blew off our agreement for a bigger, better, deal, I'd be sure that you were made to compensate me for breach of contract. Interestingly, I recieved a check Friday for just such a situation. A company entered into a contract with me and then, broke the contract because they could get someone cheaper. It ended up that they had to pay the other band AND me.