Musicians 'blackmailed' into charity gigs: British union

8th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Professional musicians are being "emotionally blackmailed" into performing for free at charity concerts, Britain's Musicians' Union said Monday.

"It is wrong that many performing artists are expected to work for nothing when they are engaged for charitable and fundraising events," the union said.

"It is extremely unfair to put professional musicians into a situation where they are emotionally blackmailed into working for no fee and are asked to give their services to a good cause.

"This is particularly unjust when others associated with the event, such as venue staff, lawyers and caterers, are being paid."

The union intends to put a motion to the annual Trades Union Congress next month.

They will also raise the problem of internships which do not pay a proper rate.

© 2011 AFP

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