[Dixielandjazz] Musician's Union

Mike mike at railroadstjazzwest.com
Sat Nov 4 23:48:50 PST 2006

I appreciate everyone's input on this hot topic. What was it that killed 
unions? The times? The Democrats? Republicans? The musicians themselves?

Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis wrote:
> Dave Said - Everyone knows you can't make a living playing music, unless you
> are in a symphony somewhere, have a song on the top 50 or are lucky to live
> in an area where you have the best group and fairest prices.
> I don't think that's entirely true.  I have a bunch of friends who are in 
> the Air Force Band and they make a living at it but of course aren't getting 
> rich.
> Many of us make our living from music but not necessarily 100% from playing. 
> Since I was 15 a significant part of my income has been from playing but I 
> made more teaching music and from being in the AF band.  The past 15 years I 
> started a sign business that I enjoy doing and it keeps me off the streets. 
> I still teach music and playing is still a significant part of my income.

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