During the month of January dozens of acts will perform in multiple venues in and around the Asbury Park area.
This is the annual Light Of Day event, for a great cause. Newspapers will report on what a great event it is- people will come from all over to attend.
Acts are chomping at the bit to perform at great rooms like the Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, McCloone’s.
I have a question though.
Whom out of all of these involved in this event gets paid and makes money?
– Security/extra police
– The venue owners
– The venue staff
– The liquor distributors
– The food distributors
– The periodicals that run ads
– Sound men and other stage staff
– The electricians and construction workers who built and maintain the venues
– The city of Asbury Park, through parking fees and taxes
– Utilities such as gas, electric
– Local hotels and motels
– Taxis and Uber drivers
The answer of course is all of them. In most, if not all, cases, full price.
Now who doesn’t get paid (for the most part, excluding any stipends to headliners or national acts)?
– The musicians
“When redevelopment comes, you musicians better be prepared. The powers that be certainly will be. They will be out to take all they can get, and that means from YOU.
If we don’t organize now, and have some way of fighting back, its all going to be about the takers, and all of you will be the taken. These people know how to make money and they’ll do it any way they can, so you better be ready to make sure you are properly compensated.”
– Margaret Potter, President- Society Of Associated Performers 1992