[Dixielandjazz] freebies

David Story daveplaysthepiano at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 9 08:59:41 PST 2003

As the union used to say up here in Canada:

"Why buy a cow if you can get the milk for free?"

I have a firm no pay, no play policy. It sure has cut back those pesky
"opportunity" phone calls I used to get.

Also, I believe that the musicians should be paid more the waitress too. I
mean what the heck, if she is making more in tips than us, that is proof
enough that the bar is making plenty.

Dave "won't play for free" Story

----- Original Message -----
From: "David W. Littlefield" <dwlit at cpcug.org>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 5:49 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] A freebie inquiry

> The following is an eMail inquiry I received just now, and my response to
it. I
> fear my response was somewhat conditioned by the narrative we received
> this week...
> --Sheik
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> "At 02:50 PM 3/8/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> >
> > [...] Pictures is looking for a 10-20 piece band/orchestra for an
> > film being shot in DC March 15-16. No Pay but great connections and
> > We would like the orchestra to be ready to play by 6 AM both days and
> > wrap shooting around noon on both days.
> > Most of the music will be piped in and the musicians will fake playing
> > only be expected to play for an hour.
> > We were working with another band that got a paying job, so we are sorry
> > is such a rush. We would like to make a decision as quickly as possible!
> > Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions.
> > [Female person]
> Dear Ms. [female person]: We're professionals who have been around the
park a
> few times and know that the promotional value of performing briefly on TV
> being extras in movies = the pay you're offering... So considering the
> we'd have to get up to show up on the set by 6:00am, if we aren't to be
> for playing, we ought at least to be paid for pain and suffering.
> However, it's just possible we might be able to work something out if you
> provide us with the services for the afternoon of, say, three winsome
> starlets (one for each five musicians); we'd supply our own protection...
> Actually, come to think of it, considering our ages, winsome would be
> sufficient. Realistically, we probably wouldn't need them for much more
than an
> hour or so.
> Thanks for thinking of us.
> --Sheik
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