just a couple of thoughts
I was going to post on the previous blog about charity gigs , but didn’t want to hijack , and I think enough has been said on that one, so thought maybe a separate blog would be better.
This is not a rant or a pop at anyone. Its just that the other blog got me thinking, so this is merely my point of view to which I am entitled as is everyone !
It was said that invoking the MU didn’t really stand up, and it got me to thinking.
Invoking the MU stands up in my case as it IS what I do for a living,,
I have spent hours/thousands etc etc but that's not really what this is about,
I pay my MU fee part of which goes to making sure "original artists" get their just rewards from people like me who play their songs all be it they sing it "a damn site better" if they didn't I wouldn't like the song so wouldn't really want to cover it. but that's another blog.
I don’t care or bleat on about other "weekend warriors" stealing gigs from me because its my living..
I am still working after 15 + years in this "job" so hopefully that means I am doing something right
What does concern me is the amount of venues that play the charity card and don't really appreciate what they are asking sometimes.. This venue may or may not be one of those , I don't know them so I am not accusing, merely stating MY OWN personal point of view,
I would assume that the OP of the other blog would be taking a wage out of the venue each week to pay their own personal bills, food etc. would they be giving up their wages completely on band /charity nights and not only giving it up but handing it over to the charity, therefore leaving themselves short on their weekly income...maybe they are I don't know...but that's is what is being asked of some musicians who are asked to play for charity.
Yes its up to the individual band/artist if they want to do it or not ..and if you don't want to do it don't moan about it.. I'm all for that but spare a thought for what you are actually asking.
I do a couple of charity events a year usually with a charity close to my heart.. I buy poppies, raffle tickets for help for heroes, put money in buckets and I like to think I do my part however small it is to support what I personally think is a good cause.
I think maybe if a charity event is being organised ..do it midweek when most bands/artists are not depending on that nights wages to pay their bills and offer AT LEAST travel cost and a couple of drinks. It may be more appealing to some if they are not going to lose out that much, and not every week. Charity events are happening everywhere, everyday . A weekly charity event on a Saturday night is to my mind NOT a charity even but an excuse to try and get people through the door. People feel obliged to give at charity events and this type of action may be counter productive for the venue as people may avoid because “we gave last week”
Put buckets around the pub with different charities names on then people can donate to a charity of their choosing. I think the MacMillan charity is fantastic and I have had the pleasure of working with them in the past, I always got paid by them and I always made a donation directly out of my fee from them. But it may not be everyone’s choice, each to their own.
My wife works for a charity and I have on occasion given up my free time to help out in any way I can, but I would not donate to them as they have a chain of command that if all their wages were put together , would probably pay off the national debt.