Class Act: Amanda Palmer.

Amanda Palmer is a class act. On Wednesday she announced that she will pay ALL the musicians on her tour. This was after some withering criticism from fans, other musicians, journalists -and yes blogs like this- arguing that she was obligated to pay all the musicians on her stage. To her credit she sat down with her band and reasoned her way to the correct and equitable solution. Bravo. This returns her to form as the reigning queen of DIY and fan empowered rock.

But there is more to this story. Too often we forget as musicians that we need to stick together, that we need to fight not just for our own rights but the rights of other musicians. We are all in this together. This is how things like unions are supposed to work.

We celebrate the power of the internet to inform and empower musicians in cases such as these. This is how positive change happens. Well done everyone, this is what musician empowerment is about.

6 thoughts on “Class Act: Amanda Palmer.

  1. Perhaps artist unions are what is necessary to fight to stem the tide of mass corporate amalgamation and the lack of conscience, accountability and fairness that inevitably goes along with the consolidation of power into too few, moneyed, hands.

  2. I dunno. While she did the right thing, technically, I can’t help but feel this was all a bit disingenuous. Did she really have a change of heart, or was the “play with me for free because you worship me” business turning into bad PR? I’m a bit skeptical… but in the end, musicians are getting paid, and that’s a good thing.

    I’m just reserving the “class act” opinion until later, I guess.

  3. I hope that the youngster learns from this experience. Perhaps her road to success left some serious holes in her understanding of ‘how it all fits together’… playing as a solo street performer is not necessarily going to inform you as to norms of the business.

  4. I feel her pain ! Music venues are screaming “POOR”…musicians think there’s some secret fund of $$$ & they are looking out for themselves.
    The music business really sucks right now. All I here is ‘what about me’ from everybody…that sure takes the fun out of playing. Quit often I find myself paying musicians out of my own pocket…just to keep things going. Am I crazy? Since many restaurants, bars, bookstores, coffee shops, etc have no money – the only way is to book house concerts. But you have to constantly ‘sell it’. I don’t think musicians realize that we band leaders are looking for people who’ll give 110% in the performance. More often than not, musicians have the attitude they are doing me a favor by showing up.
    “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”

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