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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

BENOIT VIELLEFON'S NEWS

We are all bored now...

Good morning everybody.
I am finally getting in touch after a very spectacular start of the year. I've been in bed with the flu for 3 weeks, then caught the Corona Virus. All the venues have closed and most of them have not paid for the gigs played in 2020. In the meantime I've paid all the musicians so I'm many thousands of £ down.

But I can't complain, as some people are dying, and suffering more than me.

For us musicians it looks really bleak. We don't expect to be able to perform live for the rest of 2020, and probably later in 2021. So I am now unemployed and have applied for Universal credits. I've always wanted to be signed to Universal, but I sign on Universal Credits instead.
I wonder now that we can't perform anymore if people would support us a little bit by listening to our music and spreading the word, sharing it.
There are a few things you can do, mostly free, since we are all bored now.


Full discography on bandcamp 35% OFF:

I finally got the time to upload 5 albums on Bandcamp, The Orchestra, The Hot Club, and the Trio. It is definitely the best music platform on the internet: THEY PAY MUSICIANS, would you believe it?


You can: Listen for free.
Buy digital downloads.
Buy the whole discography at 35% off.
Buy some CDs.
It may be just a couple of quid that you don't spend on commuting or dining out, but it really helps.
Please share that link with all your friends, a little push never hurts.

Get Google to pay their share:

That's right: everybody loves to hate the tech monopolies, but can do little about it. WRONG! You can do something:
Google owns YouTube, on which I have about 50 music videos that cost me an arm and a leg to produce over 10 years. They get advertising revenue from my content, and I don't. At the moment I can't get anything from them because a channel needs a minimum 4000 views per year (which I have) and a minimum of 1000 subscribers (which I don't have) to be eligible to get payments.
PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL - IT'S FREE !

Thanks to you I should be able to receive a share of the advertising that YouTube gets broadcasting my music. I'm sure it'll be a pittance, but it's always good to exercise one's rights.
I currently have 209 subscribers, and this email goes out to 7500 people, let’s see if we can make this happen... I'll be forever grateful.
Benoit Viellefon

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