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Music Activism: Marc Ribot Talks Respecting Artists’ Rights (Interview by The Talk House)

October 14, 2014, posted from The Trichordist

We’re organizing to fight back. We’re going to give value to the ineffable, uncountable and immeasurable beauty being destroyed. We’re going to give voice to the creators whose work — and lives — are being devalued by tech-corporate greed. We’re going to fight for the sustainability of the culture we all enjoy. We don’t have the lobbying millions of the tech-corporate giants, but we’re going to win. Because the truth is a powerful slingshot.

Editor’s note: If you’re in the New York area, by all means go to “Benefit for Content Creators Coalition (c3): Defend Artists’ Rights: Economic Justice in the Digital Domain!” on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Roulette. The show features: John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Trevor Dunn, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Amir ElSaffar and more. You can buy tickets here.

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Attention: Stand and Support the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musicians!

Local 802Rally tomorrow at 9AM at Lincoln Center

As you may know, Metropolitan Opera management has been threatening a lockout of its musicians at the end of today if they do not accept major concessions. Negotiations thus far have not been successful in moving Peter Gelb away from his draconian demands.  


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J4JA again in action: when are all jazz musicians ready to boycott jazz clubs like the Blue Note & the Village Vanguard?!!!!

Justice_4_Jazz_ArtistsJustice for Jazz Artists will be out in force again on Thursday night, June 27 as they continue in their push to convince NYC nightclub owners to do the right thing and meet with us to discuss pension and other issues of fairness for musicians who work in their venues.

As their campaign continues to grow (54,000 Facebook “likes” at last count!) they need your help in bringing a message to club owners: jazz musicians deserve to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.  

  • Dozens of jazz musicians retire every year with little or no assets, no social security, and no retirement benefits.
  • Jazz clubs continue to record performers live in their venues with impunity. Side performers in particular have no say in what happens to these recordings, which can be sold to the highest bidder with no protections for new or future use.

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