Professional Music

Remember when you used to just go out on a short afternoon road trip armed and looking music professional only with any posters, a couple of cassette tapes of your band, any business cards and you could actually spend and afternoon hitting clubs and come home with bookings that would give everyone a $100 per night pay check form the gig?
There were not a lot of hassles. The club owner listened to the tape, you had a couple beers he opened up his calendar and you opened up yours and boom, a booking. Yea, those were the days. And so now it seems like it requires an act of Congress, 58 written recommendations and a free 4-hour live audition to get them to even commit to calling you back. Maybe. If you’re really lucky, and the club doesn’t change hands or the drunk doesn’t lose the card. If you’ve been in a band and music professional, you know the scenario. And what makes that matter even worse is that after all of that the pay scale is still much the same as it was back in the seventies and $100 per man is still the going rate. Gas has gone up; the cost of equipment has gone up. Everything that a musician has to use to get to that gig and get it from music marketplace, finished has increased. Everything except the pay, that is.
That is what makes a networking site like myMusicCircle as valuable as a tool. You can list your band there and if there’s a need for what you do the people can actually contact you. I know, I know. It is a novel concept to actually think of a club or other entity like music professional other than a bill collector contacting you. But that’s what’s supposed to happen in a great world. Let’s face it, everyone would be a lot happier if they all knew the place they belong. Club owners and other talent buyers need to realize that similar to the cost of his liquor, which is a cost of doing business for him; good music marketplace gear has gone up in price. And similar to his liability insurance, the cost of keeping the gear insured has also gone up. Yet it seems that music professional still have a hard time convincing the purchasers that they’ve a valid point. Maybe if you took the bill for that new Marshall amp into the club and showed him that you could get a raise?