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 […]
Melinda WagnerPhoto courtesy Theodore Presser Company In the field of music, if I weren’t so busy, I would return to teaching. I’d also really like to coach chamber music or conduct. Outside of music, I’d really enjoy working in a library, however one that is pre-computer! I love to work with file cards. I would […]
Stewart WallacePhoto by Steve Sherman I’d make things with my hands like a sculptor or a painter. Things that I could touch. Things that would be done when I was done. Where the thing was the thing itself – not a roadmap to be interpreted, not dependent on the skills of the interpreter. Or maybe […]
Henry Brant“…Genuine indigenous music worldwide is disappearing…” Marian McPartland“…I can’t think of playing music and not including something by Dizzy Gillespie or Thelonious Monk or Wayne Shorter…” George Perle“…I have been offered 100 words to reply to the question, “What is the future of music?” but I need only three…” George Rochberg“…Surfaces keep changing, never […]