07-22-2013 10:10 PM
Apparently a lot of studios and labels are getting sued by unpaid interns. No, not for sending them down to the local electronics shop to pick up a bag of nanowebers, but for unpaid wages. If they're involved in a legit training program that benefits the intern (as opposed to doing work that benefits the studio) that's apparently one thing, but a lot of interns at a lot of studios are actually more like unpaid labor - and that's against the law.
Here's a couple of link to an article you may find interesting.
Be careful out there guys - and be fair to those who assist you.
I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on the subject.
07-25-2013 09:14 AM
07-25-2013 06:24 PM
Interesting. I had often considered seeing if there was a local studio where I could offer to help out in exchange for a little training along the way. Perhaps if such suits are coming up such an arrangement will be harder to come by?
If it is legitimate training, that's apparently one thing, but I suspect you're correct and that training internship opportunities will become even harder to come by due to worries over being accused of making the intern do "unpaid work" when you ask them to go set up the drum mikes - even though seeing how they do at something like that is a legitimate part of training them.
08-02-2013 06:07 PM
my assistant is tasked with becoming a great guitar player. it is literally part of his job, and makes it a lot more fun for me when I jam with him
08-13-2013 02:31 PM
A very valid subject. There most certainly is a balance to be sought there, between education and abuse.
When I owned my professional recording studio business years ago in NYC, I made extensive use of Interns, but I did it in a way I would think is perfectly legal.
That is, I approached the plethera of Universities in the NY Metropolitan Area, and recruited students, who worked as Interns in my studio for an entire term or semester, and they got "In The Field" COLLEGE CREDIT for it.
In fact, it worked out all the way around, and much to my amazement, almost every one of them went on to jobs I would have "killed" to get for myself, like at Warner Brothers Records, and whatnot...
So to studio owners AND intern students, I say: "Try it, you'll like it."
08-28-2013 04:18 AM
I've seen a lot of 'internships' at studios, labels and PR companies. At most of them (esp. big labels) interns were nothing more than unpaid receptionists, admin assistants, or various and sundry fetch monkeys. ("Honey, can you go get us some coffees?")
Sad to say, I'm glad to see the lawsuits, if for no other reason that it brings forth the message that the music business will have to behave like they are part of society, rather than above and/or outside of normal rules.
I did see several places that took internships seriously, and in some cases paid their interns but made clear that they were being given professional training, not to be "used and abused" to do things others preferred not to do.