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Old 04-04-2012, 10:45 AM
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Default Re: Why Musicians Shouldn't Work for Peanuts

Originally Posted by zambizzi View Post
They don't need you...they'll sell booze and make money with or without you.
If that's their attitude, then why bother putting bands on at all? Especially if they lose money by doing so: the law governing entertainment licenses in the UK recently changed to exempt venues that hold less than 200 people, but that only came into effect in March of this year. I'm sure plenty of places all over the world have by-laws that mean a given venue incurs costs by hosting live music. If they have no interest in recouping those costs then I guess they can join the dole queue with all the unemployed musicians.

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum View Post
The goal should be to build a fan base of the venue
Absolutely-doodley: if your venue is worth playing at then people will value getting a gig there. If you don't give a toss, then they don't give a toss. The trouble comes back to how easy it is to get a gig at these joints; if a bunch of jokers with amps that don't work can just stroll onto the stage for no money and don't care whether any body will show up or not - then that venue is unlikely to attract any decent acts and so the problem just keeps rolling around without anyone doing anything about it.
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