The collaborative artist is an athlete of the keyboard. Period. His/her body is subjected to ongoing battering/abuse equivocal to that of professional football players or military personnel. The resident collaborative artist is also one of the most intelligent musical personnel in a university department. In an ideal situation, the collaborative artist should always be paid the same as university faculty (not less). If the situation is not ideal, then a strict written accompanying policy should be constructed identifying which services are salaried and which services are to be paid additionally through budget means. The collaborative artist is a highly trained professional, plays all day long, every day, and should be treated with the personal and financial respect he deserves.How are you being treated these days? Do you feel that people truly understand the commitment you bring to performance situations? Are you fairly compensated for the work you do?
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