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Subject: Singers Fees
From: Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 1 Dec 2008 17:20:25 -0500
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I can't get all excited about the fact that a lot of opera singers gross AND net a healthy incomes. 
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In any free market, supply and demand dictate price*. That is why professional?athletes get paid so much - there is great demand for the?speed, size,?strength and skill necessary to compete on the professional level - it exceeds the supply. Professional sports are a mass market product?and a lot of broadcasting revenue is generated.

People?(some people, not all of us) think that musicians can be paid with compliments - that is not how it works. Those who can take the stage in a big house and make a dramatic and musical impression are in short supply. They should take whatever they can get - and they deserve it. The allow us to visit a world "where angels fear to tread".

* The financial success of some pop artists is an abberation brought about by effective promotion and a mob mentality. I think?Rolling Stone magazine spelled out the necessary ingredients:?a pathetic little talent, the depth of a bird bath, some promotable character flaw and a death wish.
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