The bottom line.
Everyone should pay at the door.
I know it’s cool to be let in to the venue like you are one of the cats but if you are really cool, you’ll put some money in the pot.
At The Jazz Gallery, we extend courtesy of free admission to anyone who’s ever led a band on our stage. I know that we are not paying living wages to the musicians and most of the times, leaders dig into their own pockets to pay the bands so that they can present their projects. The Jazz Gallery helps you to work out your ideas in front of the audience and provides opportunities for musicians to be heard. One thing we are not providing…. Is a big fat check at the end of the night. But I’d like to think there is a symbiotic relationship between musicians and The Jazz Gallery. Each has what others need. Free admissions to band-leaders is our way of saying thank you. It’s our way of saying I’m sorry we are not paying enough. It’s our way of showing respect to the work you put into it.
But, really, even then, everyone should pay.
Because that’s how we show that we care and that’s how we ensure that the business we care about continue to exist and that you can continue to present music in an adequate space. That is how we support this music we love. And money is the only real way that you can offer support.Read More