Saturday, May 10, 2008

Forwarding from a fellow musician friends URGENT

Forwarding from a fellow musician friend~

To my dear musicians,

Lately I have heard of musicians playing as low as RM150 per gig. Please stop doing it if you are one of them.
Even if you are doing it at RM250, please stop.
Let's try and bring the market up again. 40 years ago a 4 piece band was RM1,500!
Today a 4 piece band can go less than that.

This is absolutely ridiculous. Please stand up and demand for your rights as musicians. Stop accepting gigs that pay you peanuts.
You guys are damn good musicians who have been in the music scene right in the heart of K.L. Some of you may still be new but the quality in your musicianship is excellent.
Some musicians tell me " who's gonna give me RM250 a night , I might as well go and play than to sit at home and do nothing.
You would be amazed that clubs do pay more then 250 per gig if only you open your mouth and ask for more.
Some say " never mind la , just take it as practice sessions".

Stop all this nonsense , you yourselves are spoiling the market that's gonna feed you and the family.
So the next time someone comes up to you and say it's a RM250 gig please stand up and demand for more.
It may be painful if you loose the gig but slowly and surely you are building up the market for yourselves.
The bench mark is at least RM300 per gig. Lowest you can go la but if you can get more, better.

Wake up people!!
Clubs make a lot of money and if they can afford to get a stage and instruments and sound system to go with it they definitely have the budget to pay musicians.
There are some clubs in town where musicians have just boycotted .
No good musician wants to play there but you do get some tidak apa's who play there for peanuts.
Those musicians who have boycotted the place however are still happily gigging at other clubs.
So you see, you will always find other gigs because clubs need the bands to survive.

Two nights ago a client approached my musician and asked them to play for RM500 for a 4 piece. Forget it!
This sista ain't pimping her musicians out. Dun be surprised cos you do get some musicians happily saying ok.

So hear is the deal, please market yourselves well and demand for your rights.You guys are brilliant musicians so start charging like one too.
Be a bitch and let's rock the music scene in town.

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