8 posts • joined Thursday 30th June 2011 10:00 GMT
Do you think she did something like this?
AFP to recording studio: "How about letting me record free? It'll be great publicity for you."
AFP to video guys: "How about making the video for free? It'll be a great experience for you."
AFP to merch makers: "How about giving me this stuff for free? Think of the exposure you'll get."
AFP to tour organizers: "Just imagine the increased bookings you'll get if you volunteer to help us out for free."
AFP to hotels: "Letting us stay for free will bring you a lot of good will, and you can even put up an 'AFP slept here' plaque."
AFP to set makers: "Your work will be seen by thousands of people; you should be grateful for the opportunity!"
She knew better than to even ask. What those people provide was of value to her, and she was willing to pay. So then we finally come to this:
AFP to musicians: "Send us an audition tape, and if we like it and you agree to rehearse with us, you'll get to play backup for free! Sorry that we can't offer you any of the gate receipts, but we'll give you a T-shirt, buy you a beer, and I'll personally give you a big hug!"
That's a bit tone deaf to say the least.
(As an aside, she says that she paid off $250K worth of debts from the kickstarter money, so obviously she got a big cut too, and that's not counting whatever she'll make from the tour itself.)
Re: Enough snark already
If she were giving these concerts for free, then few would complain about her also asking others to volunteer their time and talent. But she's making money, so asking others to go unpaid strikes many (me included) as an abuse of her status. Just because she can find plenty of people willing to be used doesn't make it less tacky.
Homeless guy to represent the unpaid musicians.
I met him once...
when we were both graduate students. He was nice enough, but he didn't strike me as the brightest bulb. Then again, he can now buy me thousands of times over, so that shows pretty well who the bigger fool is.
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