Urgent call out to UK based freelancers! We need your help! You may have heard for those who attend BACK LOUNGE zooms about a survey we were helping put together.... This has come directly from our discussions about what do people get paid now? Rates went up, some are coming down again, whats it going to be in '24? The less we share this info, the more likely we undercut each other. With no standardised rates and our silence encouraged, its painfully slow to change. We're hoping the info around this and other issues facing freelancers will help us all going forward, but we need your help to FILL IT IN. Just a few precious minutes of your time, yes I know you're busy... but this info is vital - the results of which will be a widely circulated and available for free. Please have a voice and take part, help make things better for us all IT IS COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. The survey link is here

Next week it’s ‘FEAST OR FAMINE’ on The BACK LOUNGE. Have you been lucky enough to have some work? How was it? Is it great to be back but it also feels more exhausting and more stressful somehow than before…have we lost our mojos and gone soft?! If you relate, then no – it’s not just you. Our esteemed guests this week are Jeordie Shenton & Adam Ficek at Tonic Rider www.tonicmusic/tonic-rider ?All welcome. DM to join ? Wed 18th August 6pm BST

How can we make it stick and is there a dark side to all this we need to be mindful of? We’re joined this week by special guests Malle Kaas and Erin Lynch from WILM (Women in Live Music) – they’ll be sharing their experience of life on the road. Join us, this is an important one. Wednesday 7th July 6pm BST

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Thank you TPI

Thank you TPI for announcing the free workshops for the touring industry coming soon via The BACK LOUNGE. First one next week Monday 21st June 6pm BST London.
These are for anyone with a connection to touring – musicians, crew, agents, management etc. All welcome. We’re looking at how to deal with those heated moments, creating boundaries and how to get better sleep and cope with jet lag. Eventbrite links in the article.

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