I’m with you, Sylvia. I think it’s fine to discuss work, even in the medical profession, as long as one doesn’t name names. Hearing about other people’s experiences is a great way to learn without repeating others’ mistakes or re-inventing the wheel. Sometimes you get a whole new perspective on something that never would have occurred to you otherwise.
I do know some harpists who prefer not to discuss fees, and I respect that, but I don’t mind talking about money. Frankly I find it helpful to know what’s going on in the marketplace.