Writers speak out against working for no fee

This week, literary novelist Philip Hensher spoke out against being asked to work for free:

“If people who claim to respect literature – professors of literature at Cambridge University – expect it, then I see no future for young authors. Why would you start on a career if it’s not just impossible, but improper, to expect payment?”

Author Guy Walters added:

“There’s a romantic notion that authors work for the love of culture and high ideals, but it doesn’t put food on the table. If you value culture, you must pay artists. It’s a complete con and an absolute racket. There’s a word for working for free: it’s slavery.”

Do you feel it’s the same in music? Share your experience of being asked to work for no fee using #WorkNotPlayMU.

Read the full article via The Guardian.