Musician’s Hell: All Work and No Pay make Jack a Dull Boy!

There are wealthy musicians. Yes, very wealthy. Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Mick Jagger, Elton John, and the list goes on and on. No doubt, there is a lot of money to make in the music industry. Most of it is made by the business side mind you, but it is possible to earn a good living as a musician.

However, these mega-successes are due to capturing a fad really and while it takes real talent, real work, and real business to do it, the main reason for their success is that they found a huge audience that became cult like fans in huge numbers. Do they deserve it? Of course. Can every musician achieve it? Unlikely.

What’s more, aside from the incredible joy and inspiration that all of the great musicians of the past created in the world, what did it do for other musicians who have struggled over the years just to make ends meet? Probably more than I know about, but the fact that I don’t know much about it, it probably means…not a whole lot. While I am sure they are very generous contributing to noble causes, something I definitely praise, I’m not sure, or am doubtful, that it does much for all of the other independent musicians out there. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt because I know they know how hard their success was to achieve. But, I want to create a way where musicians can still achieve their independent success but also make it possible to contribute to musicians who may not be able to create that kind of success.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has turned an already difficult occupation into an impossible one. While sports teams continue to play, the performing arts are shut down, taking with it untold numbers of incomes from great musicians and performers of the living performing arts, and with that the entire industry surrounding them. Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Performance Venues, Instrument manufacturing, Agents, and so on.

The effect of this colossal destruction does some good because it reveals just how vital the live performing arts are to the economy as a whole. The world is losing hundreds of billions of dollars due to this shutdown. It is tragic.

But, really, it only reveals a truth about the plight that independent musicians suffer under 100% of the time. When an independent musician doesn’t work as in perform, teach, and gigging, their income goes to a big fat ZERO.

What if an independent musician is in a car wreck, becomes ill, has to take care of a sick child or parent? What if life circumstances make it impossible for them to work? How is an independent musician to earn enough money to live on, much less thrive on?

You can buy insurance and be covered by Government programs, and you should take advantage of those securities offered by society, but nothing replaces real income from a reliable source to have peace of mind to live without having to jump through a thousand hoops to survive.

So while a working musician can make good money working as a musician, it is always in exchange for time and energy and even when they do make an income it is often like working for free, because the time spent doing the actual gig does not account the time it takes to prepare and manage it. Just like teaching a one hour class to a room full of college freshmen takes hours of preparation, especially in the beginning, so does doing anything else in music. That isn’t really different for any other profession but somehow paying a musician $300 to play a wedding or funeral for an hour of music seems like too much to the lay person because a lot of people get paid only $10 an hour to flip hamburgers. Plus, out of that $300 comes all of the other expenses and time involved in preparation and nobody sees that.

Being an independent musician is at best a very unstable existence. You piece together your income like the patches of a quilt, run from one thing to the next, and it can all go away instantly at a time when you can use it the least.

Maybe this situation is what motivates independents to hustle to the point to get ahead. After all, much of the great and exciting music created in the world came from the unrewarded world of musical creativity where you put yourself at risk of poverty to create the art you are so compelled to follow.

With Musiterania™ I am working on solving this issue with independent musicians because I am one of those musicians who lost their livelihood in music for reasons not even I fully understand.

My goal is to find a way to get independent musicians paid on a consistent monthly basis as if they had a job.

I have looked at every possible way to achieve the paying of independent musicians fairly while helping them in their music careers, no matter what that is.

The best way that I can find to do this is to offer an affiliate program in Musiterania™ Membership program. Instead of hiring people to grow the membership, I have chosen to pay commissions to fellow independent musicians on an independent contractor basis for referring new members to Musiterania™. This way you are working for Musiterania™ but not as an employee but as a partner. Also Musiterania™ helps you promote you as a musician as well.

The symbiotic relationship combined with a cooperative effort to build a network of chapters of Musiteranians in cities and towns everywhere can provide support and social proof that Musiterania™ be a safe haven for independent musicians while not retarding their independence.

The central mantra for Musiterania™ is “Coperor”. What does that mean?

It means that the company Musiterania™ isn’t in competition with any other musical entity that exists, but rather seeks to bring them more prosperity.

By being associated with Musiterania™

any type of entity can join as a member,

be an independent affiliate

and earn commissions by helping our membership grow.

But, again, the specific focus is on individual musicians, and it is the needs of the independent musicians community that Musterania™ is built to serve.

During the time of the Coronavirus musicians are not earning income. Musiterania™ wants to fill the need for security for independent musicians because it is really difficult to earn income as a musician when you aren’t allowed to perform.

Yes, virtual performing, and teaching are possible today, but it doesn’t get anyone to security and stability like a program like Musiterania™ can make possible.

Yes, it will take some time to get to a living income with the Maestro Membership at Musiterania™, but when you get there how valuable will that be for the independent musician.

Musiterania™ is designing into the website ways to refer new members that make it a very simple process and we show you how to make everything official in very few steps.

The work of a Maestro Member in Musiterania™ lies in sharing the website with those they associate with. Once they arrive on Musiterania™ with their affiliate code securing that referral to them, it is Musiterania’s job to bring them into the fold, secure payment, and payout to that referral affiliate the commission entitled to them for life through that referral relationship for as long as both remain members.

Musiterania™ wants its affiliates to earn as much as they can but not to become a professional affiliate but rather spend more and more time being a musician and doing what they were put on earth to do. So, being a referral affiliate is somewhat like a “day job” except you set your own schedule and your level of work. But, please, stay a musician.

Musiterania™ is built on the idea that being involved in music in any form is a great way to live life. Certainly the more people being involved in music the better it is in society and ultimately, a computer program or robot can’t do what a musician can do because they have no soul, no thoughts, and no emotions to make music with.

Musiterania™ is dependent upon you for its growth and it wants you to depend on it for providing you with a consistent reliable income. Interdependence is a powerful way to build a company.

Join Musiterania™ today, help someone join tomorrow!

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Timothy Simpson