Shakespeare wrote, "if music be the food of love play on." The lives are singer-songwriters are filled with the food of love, but they also need actual food to eat. Plenty of people expect artists to work for free, which shouldn't be the case.
Musisican Jamie Mathias wrote a Twitter thread of highlights of creative ways that people tried to get him to work for free. These entitled people are surprised that labor deserves compensation, and when confronted with the fact, they insult the person they complimented just seconds earlier. Mathias wasn't afraid to get cheeky with the lowballers. You should hire him not only for original songs, but for clapbacks, too.