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Re: [ARSCLIST] Recording rates for musicians.

Agreed, and most musicians (speaking of classically trained instrumentalists and vocalists) have already made adjustments. Most are teachers first, professional musicians second. This is the way it was for most of recorded history anyway. Bach didn't make a living playing organ and harpsichord, and he didn't get paid union scale. Musicians had a pretty cushy deal going while there were wealthy benefactors who cared, but the world's tastes have changed for the worse (IMO--not a humble opinion either). Also, I don't think that recording contracts kept these orchestras going. Most didn't have contracts. It was local community involvement, the chamber of commerce types, wealthy people with time on their hand, etc.....

Steven Smolian wrote:
I think that, in many cases, the amount negotiated for is, under present and evolving market conditions, unrealistic.

Steven Smolian

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Don Cox wrote:
On 02/10/06, K
Some releases are as good as anything available.

I'm not saying some of them aren't. I'm saying that this is a "business model" that doesn't really benefit classical music.

Those union contracts WERE negotiated with the major labels. Are you suggesting that musicians who have spent a lifetime competing for a chair in one the world's leading orchestras don't deserve the level of compensation the major labels have agreed to as appropriate for their level of accomplishment?

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