The King’s Head Theatre, Islington, has decided to raise the fees of musicians it employs to £60 for a 1 hour set (and £60 per 3 hour rehearsal or part of session). This follows an outcry on Slipped Disc after the theatre was found advertising slave-labour wages on the Arts Council England website.
In order to pay the extra costs, the theatre will have to double its usual ticket price to £35. Let’s see how that pans out.
The decision was a voluntary one, taken by a conscientious arts venue. It will be posted shortly, without fanfare, on the Musicians Union website.
A spokesman for the King’s Head told Slipped Disc: ‘We strongly believe that no potential audience member should be excluded from attending our opera and theatre productions due to the cost of tickets, but in the case of these concert performances we felt it was appropriate to increase our ticket prices in order to increase the fee we are able to offer to musicians, because these concerts are unique in our programming. The musicians will still, of course, be paid the agreed fees whether or not we sell any tickets – exactly as it should be.’
We congratulate the King’s Head on their prompt and reasoned response to public concerns. Here’s some work in progress: