Musicians and Money-What are you trading your life energy for?
This month Alunatunes will focus on the tricky subject of musicians and money. When a musician “graduates” to playing gigs, touring and recording, there is no starting pay structure. Often, it literally takes years to start seeing a profit from a professional music career.
Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin wrote the definitive book, Your Money or Your Life, first published in 1992. I would encourage anyone, but especially those in the arts, to read this incredible set of considerations concerning money and your relationship with it. One quote stands out and has continued to be an idea I’ve kept front and center as I ply my craft of booking and publicity.
“Money is something we trade our life energy for. Our life energy is our allotment of time here on earth, the hours of precious life available to us. Life energy is all we have. It is precious because it is limited and irretrievable and because our choices about how we use it express the meaning and purpose of our time here on earth.”
Carefully consider the words: limited, irretrievable, meaning and purpose.
Music is a fair and glorious gift of the heavens. To create it, to record it, to tour it is a precious, purposeful and meaningful way to spend your life energy. Be sure the music you’re creating and the presentation of it is in line with the best use of your life energy.