I have a question for performing musicians but I'm not entirely sure how to phrase it properly.

So a lot of you have had paying gigs cancelled from the current crisis, and have had them replaced with free unpaid livestreams.

I've always thought that albums were not the main income, but an invitation to get people to come to paid shows. But with albums devaluated, and live shows devaluated, what do you do?

Someone asked me to do another free liveshow again yesterday, and I'm a bit confused?

@neauoire "I'm sorry, I have a policy to only work 10% of my time for free, and I've already exceeded that this month/week/whatever. My going rate is £X if you'd like to hire me for [spec they already described], though -- can you get someone to sponsor that? Alternately, let me know your budget and I'll see what I can do that's affordable for you."

@neauoire I actually do a lot more work than that for free, but... only if it's kindof my idea, if that makes sense.

I also try not to do free gigs where I would be providing something someone else could provide and it's their livelihood. I'm only an amateur organist, but I don't play for free, because there isn't anyting particularly special about me playing vs some other organist, and they need to get paid. But I release a bunch of my music under CC by-SA (cont'd)

@neauoire ...because when I'm putting choral sheet music online, I'm not "competing" with other living composers by offering something *very* similar to what they offer. I'm "competing" against, um, dead public-domain composers. The people who are looking for some kind of choral music for free are going to find something for free; the sheet music publishing industry is often run for the profit of publishers rather than composers; and putting stuff online under CC by-SA justifies my crowdfunding.

@neauoire The ways in which the interchangeability works are very different if I'm comparing organist work and choral composition.

Your genre may have different dynamics again.

@artsyhonker it's very specific but it's giving me some ideas. Or at least, made me reflect on my expecations with this. I think I will ask more questions to the promoter too.


@neauoire I think also "I'm sorry, I have a policy" is easier to say than "I don't want to do this thing you are asking me to do for free because it is exploitative". Sometimes people aren't ready to hear the latter.

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