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Just Say No – to Playing for Free

Musicians! Something must be in the air.  We said it last week twice: I love to eat  & I love to eat but do I deserve my food and just saw that pianist & entrepreneur Jade Simmons said the same thing. Soooo glad to not be alone in this matter!

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On March 15, Jade listed on her Emerge Already Blog some of the not-so-great reasons (but reasons musicians are often presented with) to play for free including

  • The Free Meal
  • Awesome Connections
  • Exposure

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She elaborates on each matter!  As professionals, these reasons really need to be reassessed.

Jade then lists what to think about, should you consider playing for free.

  • Designate (time or # of free work you’ll do per year)
  • Ask Yourself Questions: Could this event really afford you? You know what she’s saying: it’s held at the Waldorf Astoria, catered by the top caterer and planned by the best planner in town, etc.
  • Require a “Special and confidential” clause in your contract.

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That third point there? That’s important.  Your contract needs to state everything a paying gig would, including the price it would cost.  When a client sees what the artist is worth, it helps them to further value the product (you).

“The point is don’t be mindless about your charitable performances. Make smart decisions that continue to establish your worth as an artist.” – Jade Simmons

If you don’t know about Jade, check her out! Follow her on twitter @jadesimmons and musicians? Spend $8 on her Emerge Already ebook! 

 

Thank us later.

the thriving (not starving) artist

I’ll admit this blog started out of 50% frustration and 50% in response to constant questions, needs & concerns from artists.

The frustration? The notion that all artists are starving, broke, unhealthy.  The idea that it’s okay for artists to work for free or as they put “exposure”.  General public will learn to value artists.

The rest is all about being a resource available for artists of all disciplines (though as a musician, I’m sure these posts will be very musician-friendly and slightly biased) on eating and staying healthy (and #green), finding a few great fashion deals and living & loving happily.

Nobody ever said it was easy, but the struggle doesn’t have to show.