I also understand that most people think that a musician’s life is an easy one, full of free booze and easy sex and making lots of money off of fun work. I know that’s the picture, because I know how shocked people outside the music industry are when they find out how much musicians are typically paid, or even how much I, as a promoter or festival coordinator, have been paid. ((Musicians are also generally gobsmacked by the latter revelation, honestly.)) If it’s anything, it’s not a lot; yes, some artists make more than my annual salary at one show, but most won’t make my annual salary at 50 or a hundred gigs. And if they do, they’ll spend much of it in travel – gas money, hotels, food, all while paying the rent back home.
We sing on a Secret Frequency
Secret Frequency (formerly Canadian Women Working in Music) is and education and advocacy not-for-profit dedicated to raising the profile of under-represented people within Canada’s music community – women, trans and non-binary folks, racialized and Indigenous people, and more.
We’d like the music community to be as awesome as it pretends to be. We want it to be a safe, good place to party, to create, and to work.
We’re ready to rock the boat, even if it’s the boat that some of us are sitting in; no organization or individual should be above question or consequences.
If you don’t invite us to the table, we’ll show up anyway, and we’ll bring our own chair.
We produce the annual Canadian Festival Report Card, grading Gender representation on Festival stages, skills workshops, research, and more. We aim to create initiatives with demonstrable, measurable impact, which are also accessible and modular, designed to be shared and implemented by other organizations.
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