A week today (Sunday 29th April) there will be a protest in George Square against the exploitation of musicians via schemes such as pay to play. A lot of people have showed their support already such as the Musicians Union, Martin Taylor MBE and countless young, hard working musicians and of course, myself.
What Is Pay to Play?
Pay to play is exactly what it sounds like. It is when bands and artists pay to play venues. Be it unfair ticket splits, handing an upfront fee to the venue/promoter before playing or having to sell a certain amount of tickets before a gig is guaranteed.
It’s an unfair practice that a lot of young, inexperienced bands fall victim to and one that this protest aims to completely abolish.
What Will Happen At the Protest?
It’s a friendly, peaceful protest. So friendly and peaceful in fact that we’ll be singing two songs, Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay and Stand By Me. There will be a4 sheets of paper with slogans printed on them being handed out along with safety pins if you don’t have the time/resources to put a slogan on your own t-shirts.
It starts at 1pm in George Square, there will be guest speakers, musicians everywhere you look and a LOT of people looking to make a change within Glasgow’s music scene. All you need to do is turn up and sing along!