Date of Award
Alejandro Cerón Valdes
Ethics of care, Exploitation, Labor, Marching arts, Music, Music instructors
Workers across the United States are reckoning with unfair labor conditions by unionizing and speaking out. Systemic undervaluing of many workers has created a climate of fear, hidden agendas, and pervasive labor misconduct. The pageantry/marching arts are no exception. As a cultural insider, I conducted interviews, had many informal conversations, and ran a large survey that uncovered how the marching arts exploit instructors extensively despite their experience, education, and efforts. A systematic proclivity toward late payments, abused contracts, egregiously low compensation, and free labor begs the question: how can programs continually mistreat instructors this way? I explore this question through five themes developed from my own ethnography and scholarship in ethnomusicology, labor, sociology, and cultural policy. I hope to uplift the voices of instructors fighting for their worth in an industry that rarely gives as much as it takes and propose solutions for lasting change.
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Odekirk, Malia, "A Labor of Love: Extensive Exploitation of Contract Music Workers" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2073.
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Music, Labor relations