“You gotta pay the band,” according to Abbey Lincoln.
This isn’t a post about putting more than a dollar bill in the tip jar: that’s for another time.
This post is about responding with open hearts to the marvels the musicians create for us.
Because of JAZZ LIVES, I have been having the time of my life recording live jazz performances and sharing them in cyberspace for free. I am so happy that people who can’t get to a New York club or Chautauqua or Whitley Bay can now enjoy what the musicians do so brilliantly. And my readers tell me regularly how these videos enrich their lives.
Without intending to take advantage of a soul, I have made it possible for people to see hours and hours of live music for free. But the last two words of that sentence have come to seem an unfairness.
Have no fear: I do not plan to stop videorecording jazz performances. To do so would break my heart.
People have told me, “You are acting as an unpaid publicist. These musicians are getting great publicity and exposure!” Maybe that is true, but I think that even politely asking musicians to work for nothing isn’t right.
When some New York City listeners tell me, “I don’t have to go to ____ club because I can watch the performances on your blog,” that’s not right, either.
So, THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE. You know the song.
I want to make JAZZ LIVES a medium for generosity and appreciation so that people all over the world can send the musicians tangible recompense for their creativity.
A few musicians I’ve spoken with have dissuaded me from the iTunes model (putting a set price one must pay to view each video).
I like the idea of a PayPal DONATE button. People could donate what they choose as the spirit moves them. I know that my readers would be generous!
Let us give back to those who give us so much joy. It’s only fair!
UPDATE: HERE’S THE LINK! CLICK ON IT, WON’T YOU?