The Musicians’ Union is launching a campaign for fair pay for musicians.
The campaign – operating under the name Work Not Play - comes in response to a growing number of examples of musicians being expected to work for free.
The Work Not Play website highlights individual anecdotes of such incidents from musicians, while supporters are encouraged to share their comments on Twitter using the #WorkNotPlayMU tag.
Musicians from all genres are invited to sign up to the campaign and share stories of being asked to work for no fee.
“We are concerned at a growing trend of professional musicians not being paid for their work,” said MU general secretary John Smith. “In this era of illegal downloading, live revenue is incredibly important and musicians rely on it to be able to survive.
“Too many people seem to think that music and entertainment are a hobby rather than a career, and are unaware of the years of training and hard work that it takes to become a professional performer.
“It is difficult enough to earn a decent living as a professional musician these days, and, headline artists aside, it is not a highly paid profession,” he added.
“We’re looking to challenge the idea that musicians should be happy to work for free, and we’re delighted that so many musicians and music fans are joining up to this campaign.”