Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on ““Indie Short Film Looking for Experienced Composer. Unpaid.”

  • October 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Sadly this is how music is viewed these days… no one thinks twice of stealing music … or suggesting that getting your music in a film like this for “free” “will be huge exposure for your career”.

    The sad part, is that there is a composer out there who will be desperate enough to take this job, which will only further the cycle/

  • October 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    As someone who works in the film industry, I see these posts all the time. It’s not just the composer who’s asked to donate their time – it’s the entire crew, including actors, who are expected to work for free. It seems to be a stigma attached to anyone who works in the arts. Accountants and lawyers aren’t expected to provide their services for free.

  • October 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    People get really upset about stuff like this, but I always think… Gee, there are a lot of artists… AND there are a lot of people who want to be artists… So if there’s more supply than there is demand? Well then the price should go down until enough artists drop out that the demand starts to catch up to the supply.

    That being said, I’m not sure it would apply to a composer, and certainly not to an experienced one. That’s a more specialized skill. I suspect that if these guys are lucky, they’ll find another person at their relative experience level (presumably novice or low) who is at a similar point in his or her career.


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