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“Occupy the Clubs” Rally Planned for Tomorrow
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.