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!