Ah, 2013. It’s a moment in American history where I am seen as “controversial” for advocating that trained professionals should not provide labor below the wages I received in 1987 to stack cow manure. What a bizarre moment indeed.
Some nice person took the time to put all the possible arguments for providing labor for free into an insightful flow chart. Should you work for free? YES or NO?
You should follow the link and check out the chart in its full glory, but I have to say I guffawed when it recommended against working for a band for free. “Just because a business isn’t profitable doesn’t make them a non-profit.” How many times have I thought that in conjunction with poorly managed musical projects? You’ll need the blue column on the abacus for that calculation, mes amis.