Is anyone aware that the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts doesn't PAY for these concerts in The Richard Bradshaw Theatre.
Oh, they pay the heat, they pay the staff, they pay the administrators, the people who book the musicians, the piano tuner, the IASTE guys to set up the stage and lights and sound, but somehow there isn't a penny left over for the people who actually are the whole REASON for these concerts... the musicians.
One has to wonder how this bastion of high culture, good taste can get away with not paying these world class musicians. Yes this multi million dollar venue can't come up with a few bucks to pay these musicians.
One must wonder WHY these player are playing for nothing. Is it because that's what they think they are worth?
I too have played at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for that series, and although I wasn't paid by the FSCPA, I was in fact paid by the presenting organization (Opera Atelier) for my performance. At the venue, there were several people from OA who held a raffle for free tickets (and harvested a large number of emails from the sold-out crowd), as well as handed out brochures for the OA season. These types of events are integral for building audiences and mailing lists, and result in both new audience members, higher attendance, and potential donors down the road.
Many artists play at this series (and the First Canadian Place series a few blocks away) and aren't directly paid, but use it as an outreach opportunity, building audiences and community, selling CDs, and promoting future events.
Of course, many musicians object to this type of series and it is their own choice whether or not they choose to play at these venues. However, my experience from playing at the series was that it was a very positive atmosphere and is an essential part of the outreach mission of many performing organizations.
But if I were asked to play at a free series and there was nothing in it for me, of course I would decline.
What do you think of non-paid concert opportunities? Would you play at them?