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

Especially when there is no pre publicity or advertising to garner you that promised EXPOSURE, Exposure is highly overrated by amateur promoters seeking cheap of free entertainment at a MUSIC FESTIVAL where the Primary reason for it's existence is INDEED the MUSIC , wake up and smell the roses Musicians. Especially guys like Passard who was silly enough to take a cut in pay to play the Festival.

You can actually pay your rent and feed your Family on Publicity if you actually GET IT and use it to your advantage, but in the case of this event it simply does not exist. I have a few friends who have played it for several years and they swear they do not work for $75.00 a musician, but I know better they Lie to attempt to look important to their peers. The problem is not the $75.00 to 100.00 fee per musician offered, all by itself, it is the fact that the Promoters do not know how to book the musicians in the first place.

Those same musicians often play local nightclubs for the same money for four hours a night and many of them for far less.

You mention the word Festival and the Bands who just played the night before for $50 to 100. a man seem to think they are worth two or three times as much just because it is a Festival in the daytime when they have no work anyway and feel they are suddenly worth more money for the same thing they just did the night before.

Many musicians shoot themselves in the foot daily, simply by not being very good business people.

Posted by Tom Wiggins on 07/07/2010 at 7:29 PM

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