The British pianist David Shenton was asked to accompany a singer in The Star-Spangled Banner at the inauguration of President Trump.
He asked if there was a fee and was told it’s an honour to be invited. He asked about his fare from New York to Washington DC and was told it would not be paid.
Needless to say, he politely declined.
We hear that Steinway were asked to donate a new piano which will be painted with the stars and stripes.