You wish you looked as good as Shostakovich while writing your bio.
Let’s continue the business theme started by last week’s post (“artist or entrepreneur? why not both?“). There are several things that are important for a musician to have whenever they apply for a school, competition, festival, or music-related job, and those are: the résumé, the repertoire list, the bio, and the headshot. Chances are, you’ve already written a bio (if not, look up some of your favorite musicians and see what their bios look like! They often list schools attended, primary teachers, any honors/awards accrued, distinctions in competitions and festivals, and ensembles played in). But many people (myself included) often neglect to update and streamline their bios–and there are always ways to do that! Check out Dale Trumbore’s very helpful guide 5 Things to Take Out of Your Bio Right Now.
You wish you looked as good as Scriabin while writing your grant proposals.
One thing I love about young musicians today is how creative and bold they are. It can be easy to settle into the conventional groove of teaching (which–don’t get me wrong–is an art in itself and one of the most worthwhile careers out there!), which is why it’s inspiring to see my peers also find ways to perform and bring music to life in innovative ways, mostly through starting their own groups and creating opportunities for themselves, instead of waiting for opportunity to come knocking.
Being in charge of your own musical group sounds like an ideal situation–you get to work with people you like; you have control over what repertoire you play; you can experiment with tradition and innovation. But the one thing that gets in the way? Money (or rather, lack thereof)–and how you report that money when tax season rolls around. With great power comes great responsibility, and there’s a lot of paperwork involved in being in charge of your own career/your group’s career. Thankfully, there are some resources out there to help shed some light on a subject that is murky and unfamiliar for many musicians.
Are there any resources you would add to the list?