Twice the Work, Half the Pay: Entrepreneurship and Exploitation in the Music Industry

[This Thursday. Via Arts & Labor, OWS Arts Network Group, posted on October 4, 2012 ]

1942 Recording BanThursday, Oct. 18, 6-8pm
Judson Memorial Church, Assembly Hall (239 Thompson St., New York)
Facebook invite:  http://www.facebook.com/events/286009974832420

The annual CMJ Music Marathon comes to NYC October 16-20, with panels on the music business promising to “help make sense of the current climate.” But what does it really offer musicians? How does the industry itself, which promotes ideas such as the “super-entrepreneur,” contribute to the difficult conditions musicians face?

Musicians regularly surmount these myriad problems: working for tips, below minimum wage or nothing; misclassification/1099s; inconsistent gigs; multiple employers; a lack of respect for their profession; and a byzantine system of agents, contractors, media and tech companies climbing over each to profit from musicians’ work.

Individually, we make it work because we have to. We have to survive, we have to make a living, we have to perform. The industry leads us to believe that there is no other way to do so. And while so much of our career is social (performing and networking), we are on our own when it comes to the business side. This hardly allows us to see the big picture. Who’s making the money? Why should musicians take on so much of the risk, but little of the reward?

These issues are not unique to the music industry. Many people in professions deemed “entrepreneurial” or “independent” experience similar conditions, including visual artists, taxi drivers, childcare workers, truckers, freelancers, construction workers, domestic workers, writers, and others. How are they addressing these problems?

Join musicians and other workers for a facilitated discussion and strategy session to explore ways we can act together against the systems that keep us isolated and divided.


A collaboration between OWS Arts & Labor99 Pickets, and the Musicians Solidarity Council.

Image above: The 1942 Recording Ban and the ASCAP/BMI War

NYPD Coming Down Hard on Street Artist

takeshi miyakawa in his studio in new york city image © designboom

 

“At night, when it’s hung, it looks like the bag is glowing,” Lim said. “The reason he did this was to lift people’s spirits. He was simply trying to say that he loves the city and spread that attitude around.”

Artist Takeshi Miyakawa hangs a light art project on the street in Brooklyn and gets “charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in the first degree, two counts of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in the second degree, two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree criminal nuisance.” [...] “A judge ordered him held pending a psychiatric evaluation.”

This is absurd, please sign the petition to release Takeshi Miyakawa:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/525/661/531/demand-justice-for-artist-takeshi-miyakawa/

Complete article on Huffington Post:
Takeshi Miyakawa Arrested By NYPD For Hanging ‘I Love New York’ Artwork In Brooklyn (PHOTOS)
By MEGHAN BARR 05/21/12 05:55 PM ET AP

reblog from: NY Goes Hard on Street Art / vizKult

Information Flow Proposal, Comments?

Arts & Culture is working to streamline the flow of data between the A&C network and the NYC General Assembly. Below is a link to the proposal which will be presented at today’s 6pm meeting @ 60 Wall St.

Information Flow (Proposal)
http://artsandculture.nycga.net/network/organizational/info/flow

*it is open for comments, comments are moderated for spam so expect a delay before it appear.*