The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76220 Message #1354012
Posted By: Alonzo M. Zilch (inactive)
11-Dec-04 - 11:54 AM
Thread Name: Seeger unannounced appearance!
Subject: RE: Seeger unannounced appearance!
I always wonder why people think musicians and artists should work free? Did you ever hear anyone ask a plumber if they
would fix their sink as a labor of love? I wish my dentist would fix my crown pro bono because he is talented and enjoys
sharing his gift with the world. I doubt if any one of us would show up to work for free. If you do, I have could use a new roof
and my kitchen cabinets need replaced.
Pete Seeger is not a dilettante and it would be rude to expect someone of his stature to show up and share for nothing. Same
as any musician. Pete is a very generous man, and he has given freely of his time and money. I think the question was
probably asked innocently, but it is not the first time I've heard people question musicians fees.
It's called volunteerism. Volunteers work for free in all sorts of situations. Do you get paid for your radio show? Or, like most folk radio hosts, are you a volunteer who works for free?
Ever been to a folk festival? Most of the people who work long, hard hours to make them happen are volunteers.
I have no problem with musicians, or anyone, getting paid for their work. I even like getting paid for mine. But I have donated countless hours of my labor as a volunteer.
When I, and everyone else, works for free at what is supposed to be a benefit for a good cause, the musicians shouldn't get paid either.