Steve MetcalfPhoto by Paul Cryan As a child of the ’50s, I have a romantic attachment to radio, or at least the idea of radio. I even built a little crystal radio set from a kit, an achievement I recall to this day because it was the one and only time I have ever had […]
Joan TowerPhoto by Steven J. Sherman, courtesy G. Schirmer, Inc. Frankly, I only listen to the radio in the car and then I’m listening primarily to the local NPR stations. On long rides, I love to listen to Car Talk, which is entertaining and funny, or the News Forum from the Washington Press Club, which […]
Gunther SchullerPhoto courtesy GM Recordings © 2000 by Gunther Schuller I appreciate very much being asked to present the keynote address at this Year’s annual Music Personnel Conference. Many of you know me only by name; some of you may know me as a composer, a few as a conductor; others of you know me […]
Is there a sustainable place on the airwaves for music other than the Top 40 Pop or Classical hits?
Michael Daugherty “I would either run a used book store or be a lounge cocktail pianist…” Daron Hagen “My second great love is to conduct my own theater music…” Jeffrey Mumford “Run a coffee house/art gallery with my wife…” Melinda Wagner “I’d really enjoy working in a library, however one that is pre-computer!…” Stewart Wallace […]
Like many other composers throughout our history, I have been a composer for most of my life but have always had other occupations as sources of income.
Kenneth GoldsmithPhoto by Melissa Richard Conventional wisdom says: Don’t quit your day job yet. Stick it out until you are sure that the opportunities and cash is plentiful enough. Then quit. It could be a long time. Let’s face it: day jobs suck. Or do they? I’ve recently spoken to 5 composers who have not […]
Michael DaughertyPhoto courtesy 21st Century Music Management If I was not a composer I would either run a used book store or be a lounge cocktail pianist. I have always loved the smell of old books and enjoyed rummaging through the stacks never knowing what I might come across. For years I was a lounge […]
Jeffrey MumfordPhoto courtesy Theodore Presser Company I would love to run a radio station that plays REAL music, that does not compromise (whatever style, just intensely good and focused). It would have a live format incorporated wherein there would be performances and interviews. There would also be live panel discussions on matters of musical aesthetics […]