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Re: TO ALL WORKING BASSISTS

Posted: 12 Jul 2018, 07:38
by jimmyjam
I’ll see if I can dig up the link if I have time, but Fair work Australia says we should be getting $65 per player per hour minimum...
It’s worth a read and worth bringing up in negotiating pay rates.

Found the link already!
http://awardviewer.fwo.gov.au/award/sho ... OFBODYPAGE

Re: TO ALL WORKING BASSISTS

Posted: 12 Jul 2018, 10:47
by rodl2005
I gotta ton of stories on this... :drinkingbuddies:
In the late 70s I hadda residency at a hotel on Tas' East coast, Orford, about an hour from Hobart.
We played 3x/week, Wed, Fri & Sat nights. We got $50 each/ night, plus a meal on each night we played, plus accommodation for the whole 7 days. :thumbup:
We had this for 3 summers... from Dec thru end of March.

Long time ago, so I don't remember exactly, but union rates were about that at the time...$50 per muso... before midnight.... add extras after 12, and Sunday etc etc.
I was 14 when we started that residency. 8|

Funny how the cost of marijuana and muso's pay both haven't risen much since 1980 :lol:
Well, that was my joke a while back. Ain't bought any, ever .. or iirc, maybe in 1990 maybe I breathed some at a party :shrug:


So. Yeah. Agree. We SHOULD be getting $800/ gig.
Sh!ts me.... ..the dopes playing for $50 now. Doing us all a disservice! :ticked:

Re: TO ALL WORKING BASSISTS

Posted: 12 Jul 2018, 11:00
by Petebass
As an Accountant I was asked once in 25+ years if I could do some work for free. An industry association wanted me to come and talk to their members about better understanding the tax system, but they couldn't afford to pay. Which industry group? Well lets just say I was surprised to find out that Barristers lead such a hand-to-mouth existence. No, not the coffee makers, the legal eagles. Naturally I declined.

Compare that to how many times I've been asked (and expected) to play for free as a musician ...... it really does boggle the mind!

Re: TO ALL WORKING BASSISTS

Posted: 12 Jul 2018, 13:03
by rev matt
I can see the struggle from both sides. So many bands in the suburbs will work for free because its just a hobby. We wont!
I can understand that it is hard to break into the scene and get your band noticed so that it can earn good money, but that hurts the industry and the guys that live off their music.
If a pub can get a band for next to nothing, that will self-promote and bring their own crowd (which is what they want us all to do) to entertain a bunch of people who don't really care what music is playing, why would they pay $600-$1000 for a "known" band or even more for a headlining act?
We don't get much out of our gigs, we get paid, but $600 doesn't go far between 6 players, but we do insist on getting paid.