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Are Rochester musicians being paid fairly for live performances?

 Jackson Cavalier and Zahyia Rolle appear on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, December 20, 2021.
Megan Mack
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Megan Mack
Jackson Cavalier and Zahyia Rolle appear on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Are Rochester musicians being paid fairly for live performances? CITY Magazine arts editor Daniel Kushner hosts a conversation with local musicians and venue owners who explore that question. Independent professional musicians say they have little to no access to the benefits or organized labor. This comes amidst a renewed effort to unionize in numerous industries nationwide.

In a recent Facebook video post, Rochester musician Jackson Cavalier expressed his frustration over local venues where musicians play only for tips or a free meal, rather than being paid outright for the gig. He urged his peers, “Playing for exposure is something you should never do.” We discuss the financial realities local music performers and venue owners are facing, and what compensation (or lack thereof) says about our socioeconomic priorities. Our guests:

  • Jackson Cavalier, musician and creator of the independent artist management label Voidyear Management
  • Zahyia Rolle, musician and producer
  • Geoff Dale, co-owner and concert booker at Three Heads Brewing

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Daniel J. Kushner
Megan Mack the producer of Connections with Evan Dawson and Unleashed: The Pet Show. She joined the WXXI News team from WHEC-TV, where she produced newscasts and The Olympic Zone, and from the University of Rochester, where she served as an assistant director of public relations. Her background extends to television sports and entertainment, and to communications and social media management for non-profits.
Emmarae Stein