Potentially the best ‘ exposure’ opportunity, and 100% of the proceeds go to the musicians. See also Dysfunctional Allure, The, pdxbusk. 


Zero minus expenses:

The current financial ‘ guarantee’ for most musicians in clubs: They are expected to pay the sound and door people, who have minimum guarantees, out of the money fans pay at the door.  Thus, the only financial certainty many musicians have regarding an evening’s work is that they’re in the red somewhere between $100 and $1000 before they’ve played a note. This necessitates that they do more advertising, shifting time away from making great music, aka ‘Insult to Injury.’ 


Your Own Bootstraps:

Basically, an anti-community sentiment popularized in the popular post-civil war rags-to-riches  stories of Horatio Alger. The implication (at least regarding the current narrative) is that your success is entirely controlled by your own actions, and if you need anyone else to help you, you’re weak, a filthy, commie Red, or both.  It’s been so widely discredited for so long by so many social theorists that it’s practically a joke in those circles, but it remains a common and popular ideological antidote to the natural, human concept of getting together with your friends to help each other out.   Sadly, many musicians feel as if they owe nothing to anybody except themselves.    


Weekend Warrior:

A musician who has a separate day job, which, to them, justifies their performing for low or no wages. Weekend Warriors understand neither the difference between a service and a hobby  nor what makes an amateur versus a professional, nor displacement, nor that we’re all in the same bathtub.   Those who consider themselves amateurs should perform at non-commercial venues (house concerts, busking) if they wish to avoid devaluing all other musicians in that market. 



In the patois of monetary negotiations between musicians and clubs, ‘versus’ means something like ‘whichever is greater.’ For example, option B of our Fair Trade Music agreement allows the club and band to mutually choose to pay the band a guarantee of minimum wage per hour per person, with an additional hour for travel/setup/teardown, versus 100% of the door, minimum $3 cover per person.  



Naïve or Inexperienced musicians unaware of what constitutes 'professional' or 'a service,' of the value of their own services, and caught up in the ever-compelling myth of exposure.  See also Fresh Meat.

Tip Jar:

Another myth like ‘ exposure.’  Venues, particularly coffeehouses and small restaurants, like to try to convince musicians that getting fed, selling merch, and the tip jar, all of which cost venues next to nothing, should be sufficient compensation. Tip jars almost never provide even minimum wage for anyone other than street performers whose skillset is primarily geared toward maximizing tips - you really have to hit the crowd over the head to get them to cough anything up.  Like exposure, hospitality, or the merch table, the tip jar is largely a myth. Don’t buy it. 


The Tough Choice:

Many/most indie musicians frequently have to decide between performing for low or no wages or not perform at all. Enter House Concerts and/or busking


The Elite:

Moderately successful musicians who feel that the difference between service and hobby has to do with musical quality, talent or hard work, and therefore the minimums should remain at zero minus expenses. Furthermore, they do not understand the concepts of Fresh Meat or Solidarity.  Instead, many believe that Fair Trade Music would negate the concept of meritocracy, despite meritocracy's existence in the non-music world, where service workers' minimum wages are the law.    



The product of a slow, sustainable build, wherein the sum of the promotional efforts by the musicians and the club are not only greater than the sum of their parts, but also are more stable, resistant to the capricious whims of trends and fashion, and thus an excellent goal for anyone who wishes to remain in the business for a while. 

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