[Dixielandjazz] :What is a Professional?>>Who Needs a Union?

Russ Guarino russg at redshift.com
Wed Mar 12 10:09:58 PST 2003

My experience has been that the guy at the Union office that answers the
phone is the guy that gets the gigs.  The rest of us and just names in a

Russ Guarino

BudTuba at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 3/6/03 10:35:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> charliehooks at earthlink.net writes:
>> Aside from symphony players, opera players, theatre players and
>> what's left
>> of the studio guys now that synthesizers have taken their jobs, who
>> the hell
>> does?
> The main influence the union seems to have on OKOM bands today is
> preventing them from playing in venues where they have influence with
> other employees.  I could paint a picture that unions could provide a
> useful function of steering jobs to members...ie. a prepaid agent of
> sorts.  However, the easiest thing is to sit back and wait for a
> member to complain about a non-union band playing at location -X- and
> then try to disrupt the contract.  Generally speaking, the idea of a
> scale pay structure does not work with venues anymore.  That's why the
> NY s
> It might be interesting to hear from DJML'ers who are members of the
> musician's union and can attribute the union as to helping them
> actually land gigs.  That is what is needed in today's environment.
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>                             Rochester, NY
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