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Old 12th September 2012
Originally Posted by nuthinupmysleeve View Post
If you do software as your main living (for example) but do occasional gigs as a musician are you a hobby musician? I don't see a lot of difference.
except that you don't support yourself as a musician if you do software for a living. not that it's anyway bad, it's just not the same as actually being a working professional musician, as in that's how you support yourself and that's what you put on your tax return.

there's s nothing wrong with being a hobbyist, and making music should be celebrated on all levels.

the problem arises when the hobbyists tell the professional how they should be doing their business... because the hobbyist has no financial stake in music as a full time profession. for example many hobbyists are happy to give their music away, happy to have an audience of any size, whereas professionals tend to want to get paid for their work.