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Whippoorwill Arts, an arts organization uplifting the work of roots musicians and nurturing their creativity with a focus on collaboration, fair wages, equity, and social justice, has commissioned the Center for Music Ecosystems, in collaboration with 4A Arts (American Alliance for Artists and Audiences), to deliver this timely new research project culminating in a set of equitable pay guidelines and professional protections for non-salaried, working musicians.

This project aims to support meaningful investment in working musicians and help transform the music ecosystem to be more equitable.

The research iS in three parts:

  • Defining a narrative for music as a social good
  • A gap analysis related to the current state of the US commercial music economy and the impact – both positive and negative – on musicians
  • The development of an equitable and fair performance pay framework for musicians – a “framework for the future”
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The focus of this work is to inform advocacy and program development for Whippoorwill Arts and possibly other musician allies, with data and suggestions relevant to local and state jurisdictions.

What are the ways in which collective effort can support & increase musicians’ financial stability and well-being, nurture their creativity, and together serve the social good?

This project will call on leading music employment lawyers, six independent working musicians from diverse backgrounds, and members of the Center for Music Ecosystem’s International Advisory Network.

The resulting equitable pay guidelines will be used by Whippoorwill Arts in their advocacy efforts around the world, and the full report is now available at the link below.

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