Does anyone here think it is wrong for a student to market themselves as a professional when they are underage (less than 18), and charge the same amount as a professional?
I would say it is wrong, if you have to be chaperoned and supervised, which he or she would, they should not be working. Most or many harp gigs involve people who are drinking and other hazards. I think it is unfair to the profession, not that we have set standards, but we probably should. A student should charge much less, as they are gaining experience but not likely to be as well prepared, and they should do the kind of playing that does not compete, like for family and friends, church services, things like that, but then, I guess I am horribly old fashioned.
What about people who also work as a musician on another instrument, and harp is only their secondary instrument?
What do you think is unfair competition?