I like to think that Amanda's intention was not to slight us. (But that's just me wanting to believe the best in people.) I'm hoping she just didn't think it through, and will understand that her choices are causing a certain impression to the public eye. I would certainly want to be made aware of how my choices effect others, and given an opportunity to make things right.
What Amanda may not realize is that her request is perpetuating the fundamental problem that most musicians and other artists face; the fact that we are asked time and time again to volunteer in order to get exposure or further ourselves when in fact this largely helps no one, including our colleagues. The music business can be tricky and manipulative. What may seem like a grand opportunity is often a slap in the face. So we have a choice, is this what we want to perpetuate, or do we want to start a revolution of all musicians saying "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
Though Amanda Palmer is being made an example of, her kickstarting campaign plus the request for volunteer players equals a catalyst for many of us who are realizing that we need to stand up for ourselves and our professions. I think it's fair to say that many of us are shocked and appalled that this is coming from someone that we've greatly admired, hence the uproar.
What I don't understand is how she can come from our position as being a struggling artist, suddenly have this wonderful break and resources to help others who've also been struggling, and not think to give back! If I were to raise that much in funds, I would celebrate in the fact that I could actually pay my fellow musicians adequately (and perhaps more!) to collaborate with me! It would be a victory for us all! (And it still can be, Amanda! In fact, I'm inviting you to be a positive example and make all the difference in this very moment!)
In addition, I would also like to ask her if stagehands, airline personnel, bus and equipment drivers, management, venues personnel, hotel staff, music video creators and editors, and countless others putting together her (music concert) tour are providing services in exchange for hugs, beer and merchandise or if it's just us… Something to chew on…
Thanks for all your feedback everyone! Keep it coming!