I am a harpist and am being continually asked to work for free, mostly for charity concerts. Indeed many local orchestras/groups call up for your services as a harpist and are shocked about my requesting a fee. People think you … (read more).
It is extremely unfair to put professional musicians into a situation where they are emotionally blackmailed into working for no fee and are asked to give their services to a good cause.This is particularly unjust when others associated with the … (read more).
In what I’d call the “journeyman years” I played for free (or for some food or £30 or whatever) too many times to list. Weekly sessions where the share of the tips amounted to under a fiver. A charity event … (read more).