The Brecht Forum >122 West 27th Street, 10th Floor >between 6th and 7th Avenues >New York, NY 10010 >(212) 242-4201 >www.brechtforum.org > >For immediate release Contact: >Liz >Mestres 212-242-4201 > > > >Barbara Burch 718-398-2810 > >THE NOISE ACTION COALITION CO-SPONSORS PANEL DISCUSSION >ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR MUSICIANS >AS PART OF NEUES KABARETT AT THE BRECHT FORUM > >The Brecht Forum and the Noise Action Coalition will sponsor a panel >entitled >"Pay to Play?" examining the issue of fair pay for musicians, >featuring >Stanley Aronowitz, Marc Ribot, Lianne Smith, Greg Tate and others. > >The event is Saturday, March 27th at 6 p.m. at 122 West 27th Street, >10th >Floor, between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. Admission is $6-10 >sliding >scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. For information call >212.242.4201. > >The Noise Action Coalition (NAC), an organizing project by and for >musicians >working the network of clubs and indie labels centered around >downtown >New >York City, is made up of Jazz, New Music, "Knitting Factory scene" >and >Indie >Rock musicians. The NAC has protested the No-Pay policy at Arlene >Grocery and >other No-Pay clubs. The NAC has also conducted informational >picketing >of the >CMJ Music Fest over the festival's non-payment of musicians. Last >year, the >NAC won the first collectively bargained agreement at a major U.S. >Jazz >festival, the Knitting Factory/Texaco (now Bell Atlantic) New York >Jazz >Festival, doubling minimum rates of pay for participating musicians. > >Behind these actions was the belief by NAC supporters that when money >is made, >musicians should be paid. And behind that belief is an assumption >that >musicians can and should organize collectively to win better >conditions. > >The panel will explore whether these beliefs and assumptions are >valid >and/or >realistic. Topics will include: whether musicians have a moral or >legal right >to collectively bargain; whether unions are possible or desirable in >a >downtown music scene dominated by freelancers; and if the >bureaucratic >structure and rules normally associated with unions can co-exist with >the >creative flexibility and spontaneity of this scene? > >The panel will discuss how the NAC's organizing does or does not fit >in >with >the Musicians' Union, and how the NAC relates to other >"nontraditional" >organizing efforts among part-time, freelance and "intellectual" >labor >now >underway. > >The Brecht Forum is an educational and cultural organization for >people >who >are working for fundamental social change. Neues Kabarett, a regular >avant- >garde music series, is one of several ongoing cultural events >organized >by the >Brecht Forum, including: monthly visual art exhibits, The Gashouse (a >monthly >music and poetry night), film and video series, focus groups for >artists, and >performances ranging from dance to experimental theater. > > > > > > > Get free e-mail with a women.com membership at http://women.com!