Musicians expected to work for nothing at the Olympics?

It has been announced by the great and the good who are running the Olympics in London this summer that a policy decision has been made not to pay musicians who have been asked to play at various ceremonies and events during the Games (see link in 'Additional Details'). I wonder what how followers of other... show more It has been announced by the great and the good who are running the Olympics in London this summer that a policy decision has been made not to pay musicians who have been asked to play at various ceremonies and events during the Games (see link in 'Additional Details'). I wonder what how followers of other professions (not least the organisers themselves) would react to the suggestion that THEY should work for nothing "for the exposure" it will give them? I don't think they would like it, do you (nor would their bank managers)?
This once again throws into focus this exasperating attitude held by so many that musicians somehow don't deserve to be paid for their work. They train for YEARS (more than any doctor), incurring great expense and hardship. In fact, a musician NEVER stops 'training'.
Why is it that so many people think musicians are fair game to be swindled, defrauded and stolen from? Do they think musicians somehow have a 'free pass' to life and don't have to pay the same bills as everyone else?
Of course, my professional advice to musicians in London: No fee, no play, no way!
Would people tell me they think about this development in particular and the poor attitude towards musicians in general?
Update 2: Thanks, Malcolm. Of course, I am aware of the funding system in the USA. Now remind me how many American orchestras have gone bust in the last 2-3 years...? Is that a good thing for a 'civilised' country?
Update 3: Alberich: My main grip here is that no other professional connected with the Olympics has been so disrespected in this way. No architects, engineers, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, landscapers or office personnel have been asked to give their services 'for free'; it is somehow understood that... show more Alberich: My main grip here is that no other professional connected with the Olympics has been so disrespected in this way. No architects, engineers, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, landscapers or office personnel have been asked to give their services 'for free'; it is somehow understood that THESE jobs should be remunerated (and the workers have mortgages and bills to pay, of course), but not that musicians have the same liabilities as everyone else. Only musicians have been singled out.
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