Open Mic: Should Musicians Give Away Their Music For Free?


UK-based musician Nathan Joseph White, aka Whitey, has had his music on shows ranging from CSI, The Sopranos, Entourage to Breaking Bad. So, he wasn’t interested in getting yet another pitch from a television production company asking him for rights to use his music at no cost.

His response, embedded above, has gone viral.

“Would you approach a Creative or a Director…. and in one flippant sentence ask them to work for nothing?” asks White. “Or would you walk into someone’s home, eat from their bowl, and walk out smiling, saying ‘So sorry, I’ve got not budget for food’?”

Check it out – and let us know what you think of this practice. Is it just another way for big companies to rip off musicians, or do you think these sort of requests are a legitimate opportunity to get exposure for your music?

And are there circumstances when you think it makes sense for musicians to share their work for free?

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