Posted: Aug 18, 2007 9:03 am
Yep, EJ. I didn't know that was you 'till Rachel spilled the beans.
However. I ain't talked to LFM Chris. Somebody threw out a Nov. 7 date. I honestly don't know what this means. Untill he says to me, "Man,
I'ma gettin' ready to close my doors", I say bs on all of this.
Chris and Sarah and anybody who steps into that place (their coffee, by the way, is excellent) downtown, I don't know no better.
In the meantime, I'll say something else:
I've never had a need for the "official" commission. I played gigs. Sometimes we got paid. Or not. Sometimes I bought my own drinks, full price (which is a goddamn shame for a bar; Shame on that bar. Shame.) and usually played last.
There is a problem (brought up on this very board). People have to pay for a fucking p.a. What the fuck? I understand the Music Commission came up with some kind of Insurance deal for "unemployed" musicians.
Let's cut through the crap. I never needed to use this service. I'll put a dollar on out of every musician in town, 75% might have a way to provide themselves. Sorry to be so cynical, but most dudes got jobs. You hear me?
Granted. Everybody needs health care. People should have it, period.
But what did we just have? A benefit for the Church Health Center (been there a few times as a "musician" without being on the roll of "Commission")
Anyway, I'm not just a musician in town, but, If I can do any of this stuff myself, why the fuck am I paying taxes for this "project"? If what I pay as a homeowner in Memphis goes to the "Memphis Music Mentality That Makes Up The Memphis In May Festival", then "WHY THE FUCK AM I PAYING FOR THE GODDAMN GIN BLOSSOMS FOR?" FUCKING IRON MAIDEN, YOU GIANT TOOLS WITH NO IDEA.
why not fucking give into some fees to the clubs, so the band can clear ALL the door? There's a thread here on this board, made up of musicians who play out. Money comes through that door; PA is paid off by the band and it's cover charge.
Commission, pay the bars a minimal fee. Let the rockers take their money home. As far as I am concerned, that makes business opportunities for the ton of folk who can do sound, regardless of "what kind of PA" is there. Pay a dude, $10 an hour to run down the bad XLR for the night. Otherwise, if it's bigger, charge the band more for bringing too much shit.
I don't know what any of this means, except, let's give it up for the people who do this shit for free.
We just document it.