I believe in free music. Why not? I can't, as an artist, withhold my art. My whole being says 'give it all away' 'give it all away for free'. So here's an experiment in gift economy; https://www.facebook.com/events/1676868502601468/
A free concert (by reservation only). I have hired a small venue (and the PA & sound engineer), and my trio will come and play a concert for anyone who wants to come and hear it. If we have created something beautiful and resonant, I predict that the audience will donate to us. But,only if they want to! We won't be passing the hat,or looking at what people put in. My guess is that done in the right way, it will turn out more profitable than a ticketed gig which someone may or may not want to take the risk on.
All I did was put two posters up in the venue's upstairs cafe (one in the loo and another in the window). It 'sold' out within 1 month (see for yourself: www.saskiagmkino.eventbrite.co.uk) . I will be careful to remind everyone to cancel if they can't make it because it's a small venue and there is a growing waiting list!
If this experiment turns out to be financially viable, I will put on free shows over the UK in bigger venues - this is just a test run! And I'm doing all this because I know, deep down, that you cannot steal something you love. You cannot steal a beautiful experience. My whole career has been funded by people voluntarily donating what they can, for whom it is a pleasure to support me, as it is a pleasure for me to sing.