Advice—Referring Students

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Question: What do you do when someone asks if you have a student who can play a gig for a lower fee?

"I will not give out students’ names for gigs that will take a job away from a professional, except if it is a non-profit organization with a limited or non-existent budget," says Jan Jennings.

“I will not give out students’ names for gigs that will take a job away from a professional, except if it is a non-profit organization with a limited or non-existent budget,” says Jan Jennings.

Recently an investment firm called looking for a harpist and asked if I had a student who could play for them, allegedly because they like to “support youth.” Another recent call was from someone who asked if I had a student who could play for an upcoming party. I asked him why he didn’t want a professional for his special event and he said he wanted to save money. At least he was honest.

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