An editorial by Dawoud Kringle
Trump’s people are finding it impossible to find anyone to perform at the presidential inauguration on January 20th, 2017. John Legend, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Elton John, Kiss, Garth Brooks, Céline Dion, Andrea Bocelli, and even several Washington DC high school marching bands (who’d performed for the inaugurations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama) turned him down. This, despite being offered exorbitant fees.
The situation is such that Trump’s people have gone so far as to offer ambassadorships to talent agents who could secure an A-List performer. The desperation in the act is appalling, indicative of the low moral character of Trump and his people, and the pitiful estimation people have of him.
However, there is also the factor of Trump’s reputation. Musicians will negotiate a contract to be hired for the inauguration. After the gig, Trump and his people might refuse to pay the musicians. This is keeping with his consistent pattern of dishonest business ethics. Trump would doubtless justify this by saying something like “I wanted this inauguration to be tremendous, and it was. It was really tremendous. It was the best inauguration ever. But the music was bad, I mean, they were really bad, these musicians. These are bad musicians. They didn’t do a good job, it’s that simple.” His people will offer the performers, maybe 30-40% of the previously agreed upon remuneration, reminding them that it will cost them more in legal fees to sue (and, to add insult to injury, expecting them to be happy with the “honor” of performing for Trump).
The NYC Winter JazzFest will take place January 5th through January 10th, 2017, with about 140 groups performing different kind of jazz music across 13 different stages. As always, the most busiest days of the festival are the “Winter Jazzfest Marathons” on January 6th and January 7th.
Since its founding in 2005, Winter JazzFest has cemented a reputation as a hotbed of cultural discovery, presenting new and exciting sounds and scenes throughout New York.
Permeable World: globalFEST 2017 builds bridges between cultures and explores the mix and blend of tradition and beyond
World Music/Contemporary | World Music/Traditional
Most world music traditions are not pure. They haven’t been sealed off from other ideas. Traditions, in fact, demonstrate the migration of people and influences across place and time, the blending and mixing that comes with that movement.
A MFM Workshop About The Digital Ecosystem with Ken Umezaki, President of Digital Daruma
Ken will be leading a special workshop for MFM members and aspiring musicians on making music and business go hand in hand. He will provide real world advice using his experiences starting Digital Daruma.
The digital economy has commoditized music, with profound ramifications for musicians or creators, consumers and the music industry across everything they do. The fundamental shift to a commodity business has created many challenges but, more importantly, tremendous opportunities for the music business to innovate and grow in ways that would not be possible without the digital ecosystem for media assets. Ken discusses his perspective on the future of music as a commodity business, and the foundations that need to be built in order for musicians and the business to succeed in this digital era. Read more here: http://musiciansformusicians.org/event/mfm-workshop-make-music-business-4/ Continue reading
Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
Venue: WeWork Wall Street (110 Wall Street, NY, NY)
Ticket: free, but RSVP via Eventbrite here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/musicians-for-musicians-inc-10586797435
Limited seating: 50
LegalShield‘s associates Mike Juliano & Brad Bolnick will lead a legal workshop for MFM (http://www.MusiciansForMusicians.org) members and aspiring musicians, making music and business work hand in hand.