Promote live music

Posted Thursday, May. 09, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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If Texas legislators really want to help promote live music, they should do two things:

• Immediately repeal “right to work.”

All this law does is weaken unions. The ultimate result? When I came to Texas in 1982, the going rate for a club gig was $100 per musician. In 2013, 31 years later, the going rate for a club musician is … $100 per musician!

If you wonder why the major players and studios left Texas, that’s the reason.

• Pass legislation banning smoking in workplaces.

By what convoluted “logic” have legislators concluded that a bar is not a workplace with employees? After decades working in the toxic environment of a smoke-filled club, I have become so allergic to tobacco smoke that I can no longer work in any of these venues. And almost without exception, every local musician I talk to hates the smoke, and wants it to change.

— Stephen Kelly, Arlington

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