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Re: “Fillmore Jazz Festival's "Cattle Call" Raises Concerns About Musician Pay

I respectfully strongly disagree with "melody maker" "music professional"and "C notes" - Steve Restivo is not trying to make an honest living. If you read the over 100 comments that people form all over the Bay Area posted on my Facebook page 3 weeks ago, you will see that this is not just a few people who have a beef with someone over a low paying gig, it's about dishonesty, shady business and someone who has been a repeat offender for acting unprofessionally to dozens of the Bay's hardest working, most talented musicians.

Just because a festival is "free" doesn't mean the pay should be way below what a "Festival" should pay. If anyone doesn't know about the massive amounts of subsidies that the Fillmore District gets every year to promote "Jazz" then you must be living under a rock. Its been in the papers numerous times. I wish someone would do an article on all that stuff and where all the city and sponsorship money goes...Maybe I'd be proven wrong.

Anyway...My point is that when I first started playing this particular festival 10 years ago, I wasn't a headliner and I was getting paid AT LEAST 3 times what they are talking about here. This all changed for the worse when Restivo came in. My personal beef with him (which is what started this whole discussion about 3 weeks ago on my FB page) goes back over 2 years ago when he tried to cancel 3 of my bands he'd booked/contracted for the Fillmore Fest. When he delivered the bad news to me, he started right in with "but I can make it up to you by booking you at other Festivals I run like the Art and Garden Festival in blah blah blah...". I said "that's great but we have signed contracts and you need to pay us for the lost wages and that's when all hell broke loose and we've been at war ever since. I'll spare you the rest of the details but long story short I went to his boss behind his back and got paid, which made Steve Restivo even more angry with me and I just laughed and never said anything about it until now, over 2 years later.The reason why I finally spoke up is I don't want to see musicians treated like this - this is not "small stuff" it is one of the biggest (and only) festival events in the Bay Area that promotes BAY AREA JAZZ. We need to fight people like this guy from driving our scene into the ground.


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Posted by adamtheis on 07/09/2010 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Fillmore Jazz Festival's "Cattle Call" Raises Concerns About Musician Pay

WOW - I'm really happy to see some light being shed on this situation. Good article, I feel like you did a great job with the few people you were able to get info from, since most people didn't want to speak to specifics for fear of getting blacklisted or even worse, sued (which was why I declined for interview).
I really hope Restivo gets ousted and someone who REALLY CARES about music is put in the spot of being in charge of the music at Fillmore Jazz Fest.
Oh and I can guarantee that they won't be calling me : )

Posted by adamtheis on 07/07/2010 at 6:21 PM

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