Following Monday’s article about the changing field of orchestral recording and broadcasting, dozens of readers sent in private email messages to discuss their view on the issue…
There was a wide range of responses but the bulk of them centered on a single theme: the cost of making recordings and broadcasts. On one extreme, some readers expressed that orchestra musicians should not be compensated anything beyond their regular pay for recordings/broadcasts nor should there be any restrictions on how recordings are produced and distributed. At the other end, others expressed that they would rather see the numbers of recordings continue to decline instead of risking a drop in the quality of recordings/broadcasts through reductions in compensation or production values.
However, most of the responses fell somewhere in between those two positions with readers expressing that because production costs are so high already, they think musicians should lighten up on their demands for up front payments but that they should definitely be paid something for the additional work beyond promises of future revenue.
There will be more about these issues in the near future but in the meantime, I want to openly solicit feedback from readers. Having a comment based discussion on this subject would serve as a positive force. Furthermore, keep in mind that you can post your comments anonymously so feel free to express your honest opinion (even though you must submit an email address, it is not published publicly with your comment).
I know many managers and musicians (and especially board members) either shy away from posting comments or curb their opinions when posting because they are concerned about causing problems in their respective workplace or damaging their opinion abroad. Those are certainly justified concerns, but so long as everyone conforms to standard blog etiquette (basically, no libelous statements or pointless flaming) and is willing to have another reader disagree with their position, then there’s no reason not to submit a public comment.
If that’s still a little too intimidating, then readers can certainly continue to send in private email messages. Either way, the more discussion, the better.