Should artists form a union? No, ASCAP and BMI don’t count. I mean one big one like SAG-AFTRA that actors have. Wouldn’t it be interesting if a band walked off stage to take a break and said “Union rules.” What about a band that goes to play a show and is turned away because they hadn’t paid their union dues? Now, what if a band was rejected a contract with a record label because it was below the union minimum pay and benefits? All of these things would be some really interesting questions that I would love to see play out.
In this blog post by Digital Music News, they say that the president of Ticketmaster is telling bands to unionize immediately. I had to read the headline a couple of times. I still remember the Pearl Jam/Ticketmaster brouhaha from the 1990’s so my vision of Ticketmaster is of an evil company hellbent on destroying a live show by charging customers up the wazoo and not paying the bands anything. But this…. the president of Ticketmaster wanting bands to form a union that could possibly be detrimental to Ticketmaster’s bottom line; That can’t be right. Well it is and the guy is a musician!
If this story gets enough traction, I’m sure there will be arguments held by pundits on major news stations, however, it’ll be up to the artists. And not just indie artists… It would definitely take a large number of big names who are free from their contracts to create something as massive as that. Or would it? Could indie artists do this without the help of big names? There are so many questions to this topic. What do you think about the concept?