The story should read if you want top notch talent you will pay for it, union wages.
Still as a singer and performer of the pre-Karaoke age, I mourn the loss of live music that varied by singer and performance to click tracks of prerecorded music that force you to follow the beat and pace of some conductor who has long since moved on to other projects.
Live music has a rich fresh sound that no recording can match, regardless of how good technology may become. You can make a song your own, or an orchestral mood fit the specific artistic interpretation of the director and production crew.
Back to Mr. Del Valle's commentary. Artist put in large amounts of time and money working on their craft. Musicians have the additional expense of their instruments. You can have live music with the best of the non-union high school, college or community players, just as you do on your community theater stage, without paying. That is a choice. But if you want professionals, actors or musicians, you should pay and, if at all possible in your budget, pay for the best...union talent.
Anthony Del Valle's commentary can be found at this link: click here.