Amanda Palmer Begins Paying ‘Crowd-Sourced’ Musicians
After days of controversy — and a public spat with Steve Albini — regarding her decision to pay guest members of her touring band with “beer, hugs, merch, free tickets, and love,” Amanda Palmer has reversed course and announced that she’ll be adding good old-fashioned cash to their compensation.
“For better or for worse, this whole kerfuffle has meant I’ve spent the past week thinking hard about this, listening to what everyone was saying and discussing,” Palmer wrote in a letter to fans on her website. “I see your points. Me and my band have discussed it at length. And we have decided we should pay all of our guest musicians. “We have the power to do it, and we’re going to do it. (In fact, we started doing it three shows ago.)”
Palmer, who had been beefing up her touring band using “crowd-sourced” local musicians, explained, “My management team tweaked and reconfigured financials, pulling money from this and that other budget (mostly video) and moving it to the tour budget … We are going to pay the volunteer musicians every night. even though they volunteered their time for beer, hugs, merch, free tickets, and love: we’ll now also hand them cash. We’re also retroactively sending a payment to the folks who’ve already played with us. SURPRISE!”
Next up for Palmer is a tour stop tomorrow (Sept. 21) at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, Colo.