Sunday, February 21, 2010

Which Band Are You Here To See?

When you walk into a music club, and the guy at the door asks which band are you here to see? What should you say? Did you know that you're answer can actually affect how much money the respective bands take home that night?

A discussion has been brewing of late within the local DC music scene, kicked off last week by local hip-hop artist Head-Roc's rant on the practice of door-polling at music venues.

Washington City Paper ran a follow up piece on the matter even more recently titled "Sins of Admission: Why It's a Problem When a Club Asks, 'Who Are You Here To See?'"

Is this an unfair way to determine a band's payment? Is it a cop out for music venues to defer marketing responsibility to desperate musicians? Does it create an unfair bias against out-of-town bands?

Or is this a fair practice that benefits hard-working and talented musicians? What do you think?

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