Support Olympic musicians

The ISM believes that musicians should be paid for the work they do.

We are backing the petition calling for musicians performing at Olympic events to be paid. We are also collecting case studies using the form at the bottom of this page. The issue has also been covered by the London Jazz blog and Jessica Duchen.

The ISM condemned the practice of not paying musicians in April:

Following the news that some musicians are being asked to perform for free at the London Olympics, Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) said:

This is utterly unacceptable. As the UK’s professional association for musicians we cannot condone any policy or behaviour which attempts to force professional musicians – our members – to work for free; we would not expect chefs, broadcasters and others to work for free, and we would not expect professional musicians to work for free at the BBC Proms either, so why should they face this sort of treatment at the Olympics? All our members are highly skilled music professionals who earn a living from their work and it is insulting to ask them to work for free. Ensuring that the London Olympics 2012 are promoting British music, musicians and live performance is surely an economic and political necessity.

If you have any examples of musicians being asked to work for free, please fill in the form below:

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