Originally Posted by NUTHA JASON
playing for free because its fun not only undermines the value... these musicians should at least be payed union standard rates for their stage time.
I guess that's the real question - what constitutes a musician? Is anyone
capable of making musical sounds on an instrument considered a musician? Or does one have to desire some furtherment of their playing to be considered a musician? And at what point does either possess value?
As a pro, I get compensated for my work. Such a one-night-for-free arrangement would normally not appeal to me (although I could name many
exceptions!) But let's say that I just toyed on an instrument, for fun, and don't do any paying gigs. If I was offered a spot in a low-budget gig as non-essential stage dressing that gets to make some musical sounds, should I become indignant and demand money?
Based on the article, that's all that's going on here. Pros aren't being asked to devalue themselves or other pros.
Sorry, but I have a unique knowledge of why this stuff is done. Sometimes that's a curse. But if we're going to share knowledge, all perspectives need to be brought up.