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Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Another, critical part of the problem of better pay for musicians is that most are freelancing, i.e., independent contractors (ICs), instead of employees. Being ICs has generally put freelancers of all kinds out of reach of unions, since it is generally harder to organize ICs, and labor law even forbids it for most purposes. However, there are ways to do it, nonetheless. A case in point is Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians (AFM), which was organized in 1993 to make AFM musicians working as ICs eligible for union benefits, which they were not previously. AFM is one of several unions inching towards full recognition of ICs.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/25/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

We should extend this model to LA

Posted by Dyan Kane on 09/23/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

I'm guessing this is the report Ms. Eby mentioned: http://www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Economic-and-Community-Development/Music-City-Music-Council/Music-Industry.aspx

I'd love to hear more about programs like this. I'm currently dissertating on this issue, but with a focus on Memphis. If anyone has other articles, resources, and info, feel free to email me at lkw2eq@virginia.edu. Thanks!

Posted by Lydia Warren on 09/22/2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Thank you Stephanie and Barbara.
Stephanie if you read this and can get us a copy of your economic impact study we would be interested to read it.
Thanks
Mario Guarneri

Posted by Mario Guarneri on 09/21/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

I am happy to read this. In 2013 I did an economic impact study of live music on our economy, analyzing New Orleans, Seattle and Nashville. In every instance where musicians were paid and there was a living wage, it produced secondary employment in hospitality and tourism sectors.

Keep on Going!

Posted by Stephanie Eby on 09/21/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Mario Guarneri has done and continues to do an amazing service to jazz music and jazz musicians. THANK YOU! We who love this music appreciate all the work you and your organization are doing to keep the music alive and well.

Barbara N.

Posted by Barbara Natale on 09/20/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Popular Uptown Oakland Jazz Venue The Sound Room to Relocate and Expand

Regarding the plight of the owners of the Sound Room who must vacate their current venue and relocate due to upcoming development plans for their location, the Sound Room is a GREAT venue for jazz artists. My friends and I go there often because the atmosphere is so welcoming, the owners are so hard-working and sincere, we love to hear the artists who play there, and it is affordable for people with limited incomes. As we all know, performing artists and performance venues often suffer from a "Cinderella Syndrome" and are treated like less-than-necessary items when it comes to attracting funding, promotion and development. Art in any form is an expression of love by the artist. Compensation, if and when it comes, is a welcome but secondary factor. Most are underpaid or starving. Too bad performing artists and their venues cannot attract the frenzy of money and support from donors that materializes at the barest mention of competitive sports and monster-sized arenas, which always seem to run on pure greed all the way around. The heart of artistic entertainment more often than not, comes to us free or grossly under compensated. I sincerely hope the owners of the Sound Room, who have made a huge financial and personal sacrifice to pursue this venture, will find a fairy godmother to help them achieve their goal of showcasing and helping local jazz artists---Marilyn Kosinski, Music Coordinator & Concert Producer, St. Paul's Towers, Oakland.

Posted by Marilyn R. Kosinski on 09/01/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “We Asked Locals How They Discover New Music

In the Aug 30 2017 edition in the Music section on page 38 you had a one page article entitled "We asked locals how they discover new music" with several answers from local luminaries. Conspicuously absent from all the answers was local college radio stations, notably UCBerk's KALX and my all time favorite Los Altos Hills Community College's KFJC. As any volunteer set up the dj's exhibit a wide range of tastes, etc. but there are quite a few who have done their homework and bring an amazing assortment of new music, be it ambient, dub, down temp or for the most part uncharacterizable but great music. They also publish their playlists. It may take some listening to find the djs you like but generally the good ones are during the morning commute or later in the evening. In contrast, the best the responders in the article could suggest are after the fact sites like Pandora and spotify, or asking friends for suggestions. Not even helpful.

Posted by Robert Peck on 08/31/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “5th Annual Hiero Day in Oakland

This is actually the 6th annual Hiero Day. Can you make that edit?

Posted by Alexis Cuevas on 08/31/2017 at 10:04 AM

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