If you want to make a living playing music, you have to make a living playing music!

Photo Credit: Bogdan Tocaciu (Flickr)

Photo Credit: Bogdan Tocaciu (Flickr)

This unfortunate reality for many many musicians is unacceptable.

If you can identify with paying to play or being asked to play for free, share your story. We are seeking written or video submissions for our upcoming online library, a social justice project, and would love to hear from you.

Good Morning Gloucester

One of my favorite local stars, Inge Berge, shared a post on his Facebook page about this “Call For Performers” by the city of Yellowknife, NT in Canada:

As we head into Gloucester’s spring/summer/fall busy season, I’m glad he brought this topic up because that’s often when musicians are asked to play for free in return for “exposure.”

I don’t expect musicians to perform for free, because I don’t work for free.  Actually, the last time I asked any musician to play without pay (except for passing the hat) was when Vickie and I were helping organize the first Block Parties in 2008, at which I played for free too.   And that was only because everyone involved in starting the Block Parties donated their time.  By last year  (could have been 2012) the Block Parties had evolved to the point where the Block Party Committee raises money and…

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