Love, Money (and the “we need some space” conversation)
Exactly one year ago today, I sent a text to a musician (a musicIAN, to be exact) to ask him about the logistics of band rehearsal space. Because, against all rhyme and reason, my business-minded friend Angel had a sense that solving workspace problems for musicians might be not too very different from solving workspace problems for freelancers and other independent workers. One year later, the truth is: it is different, but not substantially so, because guess what? Musicians ARE freelancers and independent workers. In fact, the more Angel and I talk about it, the more connections we see between musicians and the more “traditional” mobile workforce. And we aren’t the only ones.
On this, our Valentine’s Day anniversary of the beginning of the search for shared rehearsal space, while the story continues to unfold (nutshell: we have found a quite plausible location, but as in any relationship worth embarking upon, there is now honest conversation, a dash of negotiation, and some compromise to be considered) the bottom line remains the same: sharing is good. And business is still business, but choosing to approach it from the heart AND the head is the only way I want to go about it. And, thank goodness, I’m still not the only one. It’s been a long road and we’re not quite there yet, but this much I know: I’m not stopping until our community norm is to equate musicians with business owners and treat them accordingly. <<Hell yes, I bolded that. Consider yourselves on notice. Happy Valentine’s Day.
“Work is love made visible.” ~ Kahlil Gibran