My little brother and sister have produced some brilliant work while at school and I’ve just discovered that, due to a ridiculous school policy brought in by the current executive headteacher, their work has been destroyed.
The school has refused to allow books to come home and has refused to allow parents to photocopy or photograph the work. Parents have even offered to pay for the school books, or sign a waiver against any legal action that may arise from evidence contained in the books, but despite these offers the school is still refusing to allow the books home.
In my opinion, this sends the message that school paranoia is more important than the wishes of children and parents.
Give me jobs in the shire, keep me working.
Give me jobs in the shire, I pray.
Give me jobs in the shire, keep me earning,
‘Cos I can’t afford the rent with no pay.
End recession or we’ll all be stuck.
This economy is all messed up.
I might get told off for this, but I’ve posted it anyway. It’s not meant in disrespect and if you’re offended, just remember that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting things in the world to be better. “Give Me Oil In My Lamp” is a really catchy tune too.
And… if anyone’s hiring I’m looking for jobs in Plymouth (UK) and would love to hear from you!
This might get me a whole lot of hate, but it’s a handy chart that I feel I should share with every musician, artist, photographer, writer or other creative who has ever been asked and even sometimes expected, by complete strangers, to work for free.
I am not saying that you shouldn’t work for free, but stressing that it should be your choice, that you shouldn’t be pressured in to it and do not need to feel guilty if you refuse. Would you ever expect a builder or lawyer to work for you for free?
Example: I have been asked before (by people I do not know) to play 15 minute slots on the harp (not an easy instrument to transport) for absolutely nothing, for profiting festivals and offered only a 5% discount on the cost of a ticket in return. Obviously, my answer was no.
Music is a skilled job and those choosing the profession should be paid accordingly and not exploited.