The quick revival of magazine Jazz Times by Madavor Media is a good thing, but freelance contributors whose work has already been published are being told that they’ll be paid only 50% of amounts due.
So content providers — jazz journalists, writers and photographers — featured in JT’s April and May issues (at which time Glenn Sabin, son of JT’s founder Ira Sabin, was publisher and CEO of JazzTimes, Inc.) are considering their positions. They’ve been asked to pitch new story ideas and requests for review assignments, and evidently to stand for unanticipated cuts in pay for completed projects. Would carpenters, plumbers, lawyers or accountants accept such a deal and keep laboring — without contracts — on what is arguably the same project? There’s no news that JazzTimes, Inc. is in bankruptcy . . .maybe the 50% payments are only the ex-owners’ first installments on clearing their editorial debts? Maybe the new owners will pony up to cover the rest of those IOUs, as a sign of good faith with the freelancers they want to continue to employ? What a nice gesture that would be.