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    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

       In Her Own Words

OKI am a femaile MUSICIAN not just a singing diva, but I also have been playing piano and organ for 45 years! I am finding it is much harder for a woman alone to even make contact w/male promotrs, club owners etc even when we are at LEAST of comparable talent and sometime M ORE TALENTED. Does anyone else fing this to be true>

OK SO NOBODY KNOWS, THEN TELL ME THIS:

 

 

SHOULD I STOP PLAYING AND BECOME JUST A 'DIVA" HIRING A PIANIST OR SHOULD I CONTINUE TO PLAY??????

 

 

 

 

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Anne,
This is why I founded www.wijsf.org
However, I find that many of the women musicians are so stifled by the difficulties of being a musician and a woman that they become the obstruction to their own success.

This is truly a problem. As a singer, I work with men most of the time. Whenever I engage women, there's a lot of drama attached to the gig. It's unbearable sometimes. But I keep working to promote women musicians, nevertheless. However, it's stifling my ability to make an income for myself.

JC
Hi,Im Gypsy Piano Blues
I disbanded my full band because of no backup(getting paid when a full crowd or over full crowd-called in back to kitchen to tell me-no one was here for my band when in actuality everyone was there for us--he had 5 friends there(bar owner)
whom had a fistful of money( and I couldn't even get a pop on break-too busy)
well not 1 member came to my rescue(Im kind of small so bar owners liked to get one over on me)
Not only that but when an unruly patron would want to hear a song we didnt know or anything to that effect I had no rescue..
I split up pay evenly-as told by members of band- but had to pay roadies ect out of my money ,they didn't allow no payment for the running of the band-websites,advertising sending out cds to get gigs,phone bills from bookings all came out of my pocket.I was in the red
(And I loathe drama)men can be like women too so its not just women..ever try to go on the road in a van full of 5 or 6 men..lol they need to stop for bathroom breaks as much as women.and they can fight and argue amongst themselves too

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