Recently I’ve become acquainted with Jukely, a subscription-based web service that, for a $25 monthly fee, gives music-goers the ability to attend “unlimited” shows without paying a cover charge. There are limitations to the service in that not all venues/concerts are available through their site, each concert has a limited number of passes, and, from what I understand, subscribers can only reserve a spot for one concert at a time. On the back end the service will pay the venue less than 50% of the ticket price for each member who attends a show.
Even with these limitations, as someone trying to figure out a sustainable (read: non-punishing-debt-accruing) way to perform quality music with professional musicians, this seems like a way for people who are entirely removed from the creative process to insert themselves between musicians and their audience while A) extracting money from that interaction, B) adding nothing of value to it, and, most importantly, C) driving down the perceived cost of live music. Continue reading Jukely: Another Tech Company Undermining Artists→
Many in Seattle and across the northwest have read, shared, and reacted with shock to last weekend’s New Yorker article concerning the large-scale seismic event brewing beneath our region. While skeptics and scientists may quibble over details, one thing remains clear: when the next Really Big One hits, however extensive the devastation, Phish will still be mediocre.
With all the spreading awareness of a living wage and the scuffles I’ve seen lately between musicians and venues, I thought I’d gently prod all you music lovers, musicians, and venues to do your best to communicate the true value of live music. The fact is that often there just isn’t enough money being generated to get everyone compensated fairly for the effort involved in putting on a good show, and it’s up to us to change that. Musicians in the 80’s were earning the same amount of money for a night’s work as today’s are, and I know venues are feeling the squeeze as well.Continue reading The Value of Live Music→