…there was lunch in the larger, first floor cafeteria where, in the corner, on a small stage there was a man, playing a guitar, who looked like an aging singer-songwriter Mae’s parents listened to.
“It is,” Annie said, not breaking her stride. “There’s someone every day. Musicians, comedians, writers….We book them a year ahead. We have to fight them off.”
The singer-songwriter was signing passionately…but the vast majority of the cafeteria was paying little to no attention.
“I can’t imagine the budget for that, ” Mae said.
“Oh god, we don’t pay them.”
The Circle, by Dave Eggers
The New York Times teased their reporting today by Andy Newman on “canning” entitled “Making ends meet, five cents at a time.”
In New York City, a shadow economy has sprouted up around recyclable bottles and cans. Dionisia Rivera, above, sells the items she collects on the Upper East Side.
Our reporter takes you inside the world of “canning,” which provides a lifeline to thousands as stable low-skill jobs disappear in the city.
“Five cents a time”? Really? That’s at least 10x more than a Spotify stream. Maybe we’re in the wrong business. In fact, maybe we should be in the business of canning at Spotify’s palatial offices in the World Trade Center.
It’s kind of amazing that Spotify doesn’t have “Cans for Musicians” as part of their extensive recycling program. You know, help them musos get their side hustle on.
It may be the only thing green about streaming.