• Petitioned NYC Music Venues

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NYC Music Venues

Stop the Nonpayment of Musicians in Profitable Clubs

    1. Petition by

      Musicians Solidarity Council

If clubs are making money from music, the performers deserve to be paid. Musicians shouldn't be asked to volunteer their services to a for-profit business.

New York City is known for its rich cultural heritage, and many popular clubs derive their success from live music. However, they rarely pay the musicians that bring in their customers. Instead, the bands typically "pass the hat", asking the crowd for donations; talented performers often end the night with $5-10 a person. Musicians may also be required to spend their own resources on promotion, and guarantee a minimum number of paying customers.

Nonpayment of performers has become conventional wisdom in the NYC music scene, but for music to thrive in New York City and beyond, musicians must be able to make a sustainable living.

We, the undersigned, call on profitable music clubs to reject this exploitative practice; pay your musicians!

 

 

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    • Langford Griffing SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Musicians are professionals just like any other person who provides a service. This is discrimination based on cultural ignorance.

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    • Robbyn Tongue BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a professional musician in New York City that has experienced these adverse working conditions. It's time for musicians to take a stand and demand pay for their hard work.

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    • Robert Miller CHARLESTOWN, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      Musicians are artists and if clubs are making money from their art form then these musicians must be paid for their creative art. Pay them!

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    • Ico Vidmar LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Enough is enough. Claim the right to the city.

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    • Matthew Plummer BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      How ridiculous that it's now become the norm that musicians play for free (or a small amount of tips) in many clubs in NYC. The music scene here isn't sustainable with musicians are expected to subsist on "tips", many times meaning $5-10 a night for hours of work.

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