“Occupy the Clubs” Rally Planned for Tomorrow

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 at 11:23 am by

And then there’s this – local musicians are banding together to protest alleged nonpayment by “profitable” New York City venues.  It appears a protest-slash-march dubbed “Occupy the Clubs” is planned for tomorrow evening. Meeting point is Sara D. Roosevelt Park at 9:30 pm, at which point the crowd will walk to various neighborhood performance spaces.

From the inbox:

Join the Musicians Solidarity Council on Tuesday, May 1 to protest the nonpayment of musicians in successful NYC music venues. Performers shouldn’t be asked to volunteer their talent and services to profitable businesses!

We’ll meet at 9:30pm, in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, at the SE corner of Chrystie Street and Houston Street, and proceed to several clubs, potentially including the Sidewalk Cafe, Pianos, Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, 169 Bar, and Brooklyn’s Zebulon Cafe Concert.

Music fans need to know: culture requires investment, and the NYC music scene will suffer if nonpayment (more and more prevalent since the 1990s) continues to be common practice.

This campaign is safe, legal and respectful of the musicians performing.

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  • David

     I can only say that at Rockwood in particular the hat is passed per set and it’s up to the viewers to pony up.  I always do and I’m sure most do.  So the idea that they are not paid at least at this venue is not true.

  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    The Occupy Movement is NECESSARY for our citizens to expose
    the corruption which Big Business has infected our Government with.  Every single person occupying the streets and
    protesting Corporations is a hero and a patriot.  I was compelled to lend a hand and create
    some new posters for the movement which you can download for free on my
    artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html

    • Cheryl Stoy

      I disagree with the statement “Every single person occupying the streets and
      protesting Corporations is a hero and a patriot.” First off, it sounds like Tea Party B.S. It’s like saying “every person wearing a flag pin and owning a flag bumper sticker is a patriot.” There is more to being “patriot” than pins, flags and protesting.

      Second, not all corporations are bad and what exactly do you consider “BIG BUSINESS?” Alot of large corporations support organizations that artists such as yourself use and depend on and grouping everyone in one large category is silly. We’d lose a lot of children’s, free health care, humanities and food organizations who help alot of people if we are out “to take down every corporation”

      The generalities Occupy uses cover businesses owned by alot of 99%’ers which is why this movement is so erratic and can’t get cohesive support.

      If you signed a contract and didn’t get paid, why aren’t you taking them to court? If you didn’t sign a contract, that’s a whle another issue on you. If its a viewer supported venus, you also don’t have much to compalin about. If you “know” which businesses are not upholding contracts, why are artists still using them? Name them (which this article should have done) and spread the word to all artists not use them and they will go out of business if they have no support. Not every issue requires “sensationalism” to get its point across.

  • Chef4ny

    The worst offender is Cakeshop on ludlow. They even charge bands to use the space to perform!

    • Chef2ny

      Bullshit.  This “protest” is based on fiction.  You work out a door deal with any of these venues.  

      Shenanigans… If you think Cakeshop is “big business” you are retarted.

  • DandyDoorknob

    wack artists upset  because they can’t get a gig…. real tear jerker

  • http://www.sixlowa.com/ Six Lowa – Lower East Side NYC

    pay to play is a ripoff use a free venue like Pianos