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Okay, here's a longshot, but...
Are there any farang who are gigging musicians reading the board? If so, have you run into any issues with Work Permits?
As the language is currently written, I'm worried that the whole concept of my playing live may have to get completely shelved. Although I'm not really interested in making a dime, I'm afraid the Thai government's definition of work as, "excursion of energy or use of knowledge, whether or not for money remuneration" will leave me in violation if I play out in public at all. Is there a dividing line between "work" and "art"?
If I've got to book a flight to Japan just to get a gig, this is going to really suck.
I have many friends who play local gigs here in South Thailand for tourists. The Thai bands are always looking for some farang flare to add to their repertoire.
However, a work permit will almost definately not be provided for that sort of thing and although you are technically not allowed to make any money doing that sort of thing if you are operating under another work permit (ie. one from a teaching job) lethargy keeps you from ever getting into trouble over it. For all they know, you would just be some teacher who is enjoying himself in a bar.
I don't believe that anyone (outside of BKK) makes a sustainable living as a farang musician. But that is not what you want to do it for right?