It’s such entitled, pretentious bullshit. I’m completely behind musicians being paid (like for real), but frankly, money doesn’t flow like wine at every instance when a musician is going to be performing music. Sometimes to get known, as a musician, you have take the hit financially (often more than) once in a while. It’s your passion, at the end of the day, not ‘theirs’. If you care enough about it, and you want to put yourself out there and do what you can to be seen rather than paid, things will snowball and one day you’ll get a name for yourself as a musician who earned their stripes. It’s easy to look at from a far away perspective and say “doesn’t it suck that bands don’t get paid”, and as much as i agree with that statement, it isn’t as straight forward as that.
There’s no use in pretending all promotors are hiding the money from you at the end of a show or whatever. You not being paid for your performance isn’t your right to take £50+ off a person who probably lost money (or broke even) that night too.
Like anything, it’s about financial balance. It’s better to play shows and not get paid than just not playing shows because the person putting you on wont be able to pay for your “living expenses”. If you have that mentality than it’s veeery unlike you’ll ever get to the point where you will make money off your craft. Most bands/musicians don’t start truly making money off their work until, like, their fifth year of being a band. And that’s not counting all the money they’ve put into it over the years. Money should be made to spend on things you care about, it isn’t just there for you to pay a bill to somebody you’d rather not pay.
I thought everyone got this by now.