If I were a carpenter ...

If I were a carpenter ...

Posted October 12th, 2009 by debritz

If you're a mainstream Australian musician, what's worse than having your music played in pubs and clubs and not getting paid for it? Possible answer: not having it played at all. Clubs Australia plans to get around the upcoming increase in fees charged by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia by playing music by independent artists and US artists. The issue of whether venues should pay to play music is a vexed one. It could be argued that playing the song provides free publicity for the artist and might encourage punters who like what they hear to purchase it. And -- as I'm already playing devil's advocate -- it could also be argued that musicians have no more right to be paid every time their song is played than a carpenter does every time a guest opens the door he installed at your house.