1. Asep
    13 August 2015 @ 8 h 59 min

    DannyMarch 23, 2013 at 8:13 pmThis was taken from an interview by Chris Matthews (who clalery believes in the performing arts), and Kevin Spacey to talk about the importance of classical music the arts:Why the arts and music is important no matter what the budget problems are:Arts and culture are a necessity in our lives. Not just as individuals but as nations in the world and is about our spirit and our health. It’s also about how much we expose young people to the arts and arts education and this isn’t about people who wants to go into the arts, this is about what it does to peoples sense of confidence, to peoples self esteem and what they can learn about themselves. Even President Lincoln went to the theater often and he understood that he needed the arts to replenish his soul. He craved for art and poetry.Embracing arts and culture is the most important export that we exchange around the world. Countries may go to war but it’s culture and the arts that unites us, it educates us, it teaches us to be better. Our culture is what brings people to the United States, they want to share it, they want to experience it. And we send it all over the world too and it doesn’t know borders, it doesn’t understand when it’s crossed a border and had an impact on someone in another state or another country around the world.People don’t people understand what would most downtowns be without its performing arts, it wouldn’t be cities anymore. And he continues we don’t have cities for downtown shopping anymore, the cities exist in America today mainly because of the culture and downtowns exist for that reason.It doesn’t have to be about lovers of music and poetry and beauty and grace and what the arts give to our country this is a fundamental issue about ideology .Winston Churchill, when he was prime minister was told that there was going to be major cuts in arts and culture because of the mounting costs of World War II, he responded with a simple reply, Then what are we fighting for??

  2. Mbulelo
    13 August 2015 @ 11 h 28 min

    Fredrick DellMarch 19, 2013 at 1:46 pmI agree that it is unfortunate that the amnuot of money a musician can expect/hope to earn is very low in comparison with other professions. However, since we’re looking at the issue of money, we must take an economic (and not emotional) perspective. The amnuot of money people put into such fields as engineering and politics is so high because the potential economic return is greatly favorable. Lobbyists, lawyers, (etc.) receive very high pay, because the payer realizes the large potential economic return from his/her investment. A person may buy a ticket for a concert, have a great time listening/watching the show, but the expected economic return is greatly unfavorable in fact, I’ve never gone to a concert expecting to get money afterwards.I understand your emotional argument that it is (not seems, but is) a great injustice that musicians of great calibre do not receive the monetary compensation people of other professions enjoy. However, we must acknowledge that great ability does not necessarily translate to money.Music is essential for society, a lower pay does not take away from this fact.

  3. Data
    13 August 2015 @ 12 h 10 min

    LydiaMarch 20, 2013 at 3:27 pmPractice time is what any musician must do to go to work PREPARED to do the job. Just as a teechar has to grade papers and prepare for the next class unpaid time. Just as a physician has to keep up with the latest science unpaid time. Just as attorneys have to stay abreast of new laws and regulations unpaid time. Everyone has work to do at home to be prepared to do the jobs for which they receive pay.My job is not a lot different from many other jobs and I work on average 65 hours a week and I am only paid for 37.5 hours a week. Please do not misconstrue that statement. I say it only to show you that while you are probably a very talented musician you do not work any harder than anyone else who believes in doing a good, nay excellent, job in whatever the chosen profession may be.

  4. Bebo
    13 August 2015 @ 12 h 49 min

    Victor AvdienkoMarch 18, 2013 at 9:29 pmI am directing all of my firends, family and uninformed to your post. Thank you for your eloquence and passion.I have been involved with several labor negotiations during my career, and it has always been a curiosity to me that, only during these talks are Musicians described and treated as union labor . The public has been systematically conditioned to reject the necessity of labor unions. Oddly, it is only through union-like unity that an Orchestra is able to create such amazing performances. After negotiations are over, we are called highly talented Artists again. That is what Management ultimately has to sell to donors. We understand that, and we all respect their vital role to keep this musical experience alive. The average person usually does not understand this strange relationship, and I hope that posts like this helps change that perception.

  5. Giang
    13 August 2015 @ 12 h 58 min

    I abandoned the professional music career way back when, after I found out it was the absolute hardest most unpredictable, and cut-throat business in the world. I made about 10k in the 1970s per year touring the country in various rock bands, which then I thought was fine, but the predictability of it, and the out to screw the band mentality of all venues was just too much. I joined the NAVY then in later life rejoined an Air Force Band, making pretty much nothing playing music. I have a real job now and do music for fun. I am so happy these TOP flight musicians can make a decent living. Keep in mind its about 1 in a million persons who have that sort of talent and dedication to create such fine music.

  6. Gladizsiicweek
    13 August 2015 @ 15 h 35 min

    Josh F.March 18, 2013 at 7:48 pmThank you for this perspective, and even more thkans to the SFS musicians for taking a controversial stand against the nationwide epidemic of managements trying to lazily line their own pockets on the hardworking backs of musicians. Corporate financial strategies with big fat bonuses for the upper management have no place in the art world. The musician’s salaries are irrelevant, (and actually the figure you quote is well above the base salary for a typical section player, the point is they are fighting against being mistreated and disrespected by the very people who are hired to promote and protect them!

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