I share your interesting observation about music and media. I have observed a somewhat opposite reaction to music in the public view. I am an audiophile and often take my high-end sound system deep into the mountain forests to connect (mostly) classic music to nature. I have found that people (even non-classical music enthusiast) react very positively to music we classical enthusiast wound normally consider to be overexposed "war horses", and even more positive to off-center musically attractive pieces.
The important elements we bring to the live performance is vital to the performance and should not be overlooked. Just witnessing the concerns from the heads of many venues and recording studios as to who does their work. They totally get the importance of what we bring to their projects. And this is not an ego issue, but more of basic fairness. The venues get it, as do the touring artists who go from one venue to another. If your work measures up, by all means, you've earned the right to be credited for your work.
I have a standing verbal agreement with my concert venues and recording studios. I get a mention for the exclusive recordings when a full CD is being recorded, and/or if the piano is being used as a solo, I get a mention in the program. I'm not looking for royalties, just some basic recognition of my involvement in this performance/recording. The main recording studio that I work at has a very nice Yamaha C7 that I've groomed to an incredible level. The piano is the reason why so many jazz artists, as well as notable like Celine Dion, have decided to make that studio their home studio. The shear revenue that studio has enjoyed is largely due to that particular piano.
And to the comments about our former PTG boards not seeing the wisdom in promoting our profession in this matter is beyond practical common sense. Talk about shooting one's self in the foot... Maybe this is where the conversation needs to be addressed.
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