Is it ever acceptable for professional musicians to play for free?
The following article is was published as part of a larger feature on Playing for Free in The Strad’s March 2013 issue.
At the beginning of 2012, a restaurant in Vancouver posted an ad on the online classifieds site Craigslist asking for solo musicians to play at special events. The ad stated that a ‘small and casual restaurant’ was looking for musicians to play in order to promote their work and sell their CDs. It said: ‘This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get a positive response. More jazz, rock and smooth type music, around the world and mixed cultural music. Are you interested to promote your work?’
A musician wag replied: ‘Happy New Year! I am a musician looking for a restaurateur to come to my house to promote his or her restaurant by making dinner for me and my friends. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get a positive response. More fine dining and exotic meals and mixed ethnic fusion cuisine. Are you interested to promote your restaurant?’
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Source: The Strad