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Maryrrf Exploitation of Musicians by Promoters (36) RE: Exploitation of Musicians by Promoters 09 Apr 12

I'd like to think that raising awareness of the practice would cause non musos to boycott music venues that were identified as doing this, but I'm not sure it would. It's for the musicians to draw the line - probably a certain amount of playing for free is necessary when you are getting started - paying to play is a bit much. I know some venue owners and their experience is that it can be very difficult to get people to come out and see performers they've never heard of. That's why they may not offer guarantees, but will pay the performer "the door".   But this can also be a double edged sword for the venue - when they put a cover charge on it can keep out people who would come in, eat, drink, etc. There are difficulties on both sides.

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