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Thread #49818   Message #2503267
Posted By: Michael Harrison
27-Nov-08 - 10:20 PM
Thread Name: Getting nursing home gigs
Subject: RE: Getting nursing home gigs
Genie - yes, the A/D switches are a real problem and will probably continue to be so. There is one money problem, however, that had to be dealt with by me alone - the bottom line.

I usually approach a facility asking for one-half of my regular corporate rate, which most of the rehab, A/L and memory units simply cannot (or will not) afford. Prior to a few weeks ago I simply employed a "bottom line" and would turn down any work that did not pay at least that amount; however, during this last election period I found myself chastising the republican politicians for not wanting to do anything to help "the public sector" unless they could make a profit from it.

I still believe that most of them feel that way, but it caused me to have to take a look at myself as well because the folks who reside in those rehab, memory and A/L units really like for me to come and play for them. There's no comparing what I do to saving New Orleans post Katrina, or anything like that, but, I decided to go in as usual but accept any fee they will afford me - not for myself, not for the corporation, but for the folks who deserve to have some fun in their lives. It won't set the world on fire but it is one small musician giving something back to the folks despite the corporation trying to suck them dry. Hang in there Genie, give those A/D's hell and keep singing. Cheers,.............mwh