How do we convince our fellow musicians to stop the race to the bottom?

Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting a new friend and fellow musician, Steve Moore with and He is an alumnus from my husband’s college, and they reconnected via social networking. Steve is a musician, but is also an entertainment attorney who has been in the music business for many years. One of our many topics discussed was how the value of musicians themselves has not increased over the past thirty to forty years. We shared stories of tours and other musicians, as well as discussions of how bands have played bars “for the door.” He spoke of how bands made more money “back in the day” than they do now as many are still just playing for the door. It’s not just that the bands keep this vicious cycle going, but that the “door” price also has not increased in over twenty years!
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