Musicians expected to work for free at London 2012 Olympics

July 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Modern copy of Myron's Discobolus in Universit...

Modern copy of Myron’s Discobolus in University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden, Denmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is the London 2012 Olympics exploiting musicians? 

I wonder what would happen if the athletes were told they needed to donate their labor. Seems like music and sports are roughly equivalent in terms of investment in training, personal dedication, expensive equipment needed, struggle and glory, etc. But we musicians get no help from sponsors.

Thirty years ago my husband got 400 bucks a month from Nike for being a low-tier runner in Eugene, OR.  I think I’m a better pianist than he was a runner, but I would settle for the same rate today.

Nike, where’s my sponsorship?


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