THE DEMAND FOR FREE
We live in a world of facilities, in which “free” services abound through the networks and that seems to me something great. We should be grateful for how much we receive in exchange for a simple internet connection. Isn’t it wonderful?
It seems it is not the case.
Focusing on the sector that concerns me as a professional and art lover, I can say that flamenco consumers have reached a point where they DEMAND that artists have to offer their work for free.
Recently, as you all know, I have opened my virtual school in which I offer classes for all levels, by the way I leave you here the link
Well, in addition to these courses, I, on my own initiative and will, opened a YouTube channel months ago, to which I upload absolutely free classes. The cost of watching that channel and those classes is absolutely zero,
I did it because it comes from my heart to help those who want to continue studying and do not have the resources to do so. I understand that the circumstances we are experiencing are exceptional after this disastrous pandemic that has distroyed thousands of jobs, including thousands of Flamenco artists to unemployment.
Nobody forces me to deliver my material for free and therefore it is a gift that I give full of hope and love.
But when I find comments on my social networks from unappreciative, insulting people and demanding the unenforceable, they show little or no value to what is offered to them with generosity and that comes from the warmest of my heart …
Honestly, it makes me want to say “stay there away, with your unhealthy flamenco world, a world of envy, lack and arrogance”
And it is that unfortunately and inexplicably, in the world of flamenco, these types of people abound.
They are people who, if they ask for something, do so with despotic words, without showing respect or the slightest appreciation, they directly write the request followed by a criticism, even when the product they have been given is of incalculable value and totally free.
I make it very clear and with capital letters :
YOU ARE NOT BUYING ANYTHING TO FEEL RIGHT TO DEMAND. YOU ARE RECEIVING A GIFT.
IF YOU WANT IT, VERYWELLCOME AND IF YOU DON’T WANT IT, LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR SOMETHING THAT SATISFIES YOU MORE.
Do not use your time or energy to insult me or my work since I am not a “sparring” with which to pay for your frustrations.
I am just a person who wants to contribute a little help, light or what I can in these difficult moments to those who do appreciate and value it.
A few days ago I received a message criticizing me for “charging even for music.”
I will ask a very simple question:
DO YOU GO TO YOUR WORK AND TELL YOUR BOSS THAT YOU WILL NOT ACCEPT A SALARY, THAT FROM NOW ON, YOU ARE GOING TO WORK COMPLETELY FOR FREE ?.
IT IS MORE, NOT ONLY YOU, BUT ALL YOUR ENVIRONMENT, ALL THE TEAM THAT IS NECESSARY TO DEVELOP THAT WORK, YOU ALL WILL DO IT FOR FREE?
Well that’s what you ask me when you criticize that I charge the music.
After this pandemic thousands of musicians and companies dedicated to flamenco are unemployed, without receiving a single Euro. And you demand that I make these people work for free to give it to you …
Let the music be composed, recorded, professional equipment be used and given away, just like that …
My philosophy is different, it is not the philosophy of lack. I try to give my musicians work and income.
If that’s why I am a diva as you have called me, then I am delighted to be the greatest diva on this planet.
A diva seeking resources for her unemployed musicians and offering value that does not exist in today’s market.
I will continue posting free material for the thousands of people who do value what is given with the heart. Fortunately, you are more than the dark people who dedicate their time to tarnish the image of certain artists like my own.