As with any job being a musician should pay a good wage and allow for a comfortable retirement. However, Club owners, bar owners and others who employ musicians don’t always agree on this philosophy. As a result, musicians have a more difficult life to contend with compared to most working folks with IRA’s, health plans, paid leave and vacations. Musicians get none of that. If they’re sick they still have to go to work. There is no “paid vacation” time. No days off and no paid leave even though they share most of the same expenses as their non-musician counterparts.
When you’re out and see musicians playing for your entertainment, please tip them well. They have notoriously low paying bosses and there are no “raises” based on cost of living, merit or seniority. They have to continue their education and learn new material to perform for audiences as well. Musicians work late hours packing up gear, going to and from jobs, eating out, and missing time with family. They have equipment expenses that most people don’t have because for the most part employers in the U.S.A. provide the necessary work equipment. Give them a break. Take a musician out to lunch. Tip them well and appreciate the unusual amount of work they endure to please audiences like yourself. As with many jobs, it doesn’t always matter what you MAKE on a job but rather what you SAVE. Help musicians save more and spend less. We try and help musicians every day. You try too!
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
“We are musicians working for musicians”.
Thanks for letting us work for you.