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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jazz Musician: Viable Career or Enjoyable Hobby?

Peter Bacon on the Birmingham based blog The Jazz Breakfast posed the above question, expounded at length here.
What do our readers think?
Lance.

2 comments :

Lance said...

As well as playing jazz gigs for a pittance, you can teach, play rock and roll (also for a pittance), get a proper job, busk, sell the Big Issue, become a rent boy or have a hit record (the last one I think was Take Five!).
As Charlie Galbraith used to say - "Twenty years a jazzman and still an optimist!"

Steve Andrews said...

Interesting article, Lance. It provoked me to look at my 2013 statistics, as follows: Gigs - 24. Gross earnings from said gigs (incl. petrol money where paid) - £1,220. Mileage covered to and from gigs 2,780. Cost of mileage using the old Inland Revenue mileage allowance of 40p per mile (this could be many years out of date, but this is what they allowed in the early 2000's for business mileage in your private car) - £1,112, giving me a profit on the year's gigs of £108, before any allowance for other expenses such as instruments, depreciation, clothing, reeds........................ let alone the ever increasing cost of beer!
Charlie was right!

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