When Asked To Play For Free These Musicians Had Sharp Comebacks - hypebot

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Justin Boland

Because nothing pays the bills quite like refusing money on principle. Great advice, top to bottom, and hopefully my competition takes all of this to heart.

Cmon

This is hilariously contradictory to this other blog post of theirs...

http://unifiedmanufacturing.com/blog/7-traits-musician-develop/

Kyle Cullen

It's always confused me why musicians are expected to work for free. The sound guy gets paid, the bar staff get paid, the promoter gets paid and the venue make money.

Yet the musician is where you save a bit, haven't they thought that the event might go a little better if they paid for quality acts.

TJR

Great article.

Whenever anyone tells you that they are offering you great exposure, the reply should be: "No,.....if you where The Tonight show, or the Jimmy Kimmel show etc, you would be offering great exposure....and they would still pay me".

What a lot of younger musicians don't realize, is that there was once a time when NO ONE would ever dream of asking a musician to work for free (I know, because I was there). It was just a assumed that you would have to pay for them just like anyone else.

It's good to see Hypebot is now publishing articles that are pro musician and that encourage them to stand up for their rights and their self worth.

For a while there it seemed like Hypebot was part of the "You musicians are worthless and you should be glad that we even let you live in the same world with the rest of us" crowd.

There has been a definiate shift in their publishing philosphy and I commend them for it.

yod

My response since I was 17 is, "When I want exposure I go stand in the sun"

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