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re: Let’s show some love to the pit musicians
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 04:58 pm EST 01/13/22
In reply to: Let’s show some love to the pit musicians - Singapore/Fling 11:56 am EST 01/13/22

“Those subs, who are under no obligation or contract to be available at any given time, are expected to learn a show without compensation and able to perform at a moment’s notice, without ever having rehearsed whatsoever. There are benefits to this system, but during this particular moment it is an astonishing fact that no effort has been made to improve upon it, and is a testament to the way shared success and symbiosis works among our musicians that the rest of the industry could stand to borrow from.”

What exactly are the benefits of this system? I can't think of another job category where someone in a position must find and train potential covers or replacements at their own expense on their own time. I had no idea that producers didn't audition musicians, hire them, and then pay them to rehearse and learn the material the same as they pay actors. That's awful. I cannot imagine why their union wouldn't have addressed this issue decades ago.
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