Robert Hinsman 
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Re: “ASCAP Targets Farmers' Markets and House Venues

I've been a performing musician for over 48 years. This is greed plain and simple. With all due respect to clubs and venues I've played, we don't make enough to haul all the gear in the building let alone play. The big joke is we get paid for moving the equipment. Hell the insurance companies that strong arm these bars and lounges for the hundreds of thousands in Liquor liability insurance every year, keeps them from even THINKING of being able to pay us for what we're really worth. Let's go after them first.
Hell, there are fewer and fewer places to play. These old performers who's music would be a memory and the requests to have them on comeback tours wouldn't even exist if it weren't for those of us keeping their songs alive in these small clubs. and venues. Yeah we're making a lot of money off THEIR music. Could someone point me in the direction of all that dough? cause I ain't seen it in years. Musician's in the Northeast haven't seen an increase of any kind since 1982. and it was only 25 bucks hasn't changed since then. My sound and lighting system cost more than I make in 10 years. we do it for the love of the music not the money. Or we'd all be dead of starvation. My bill is for moving the gear in and out of a venue. the playing part is free.

Posted by Robert Hinsman on 02/11/2016 at 9:41 AM

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