If you happen upon an offensive or meaningless piece of visual art, you can just walk away. A live performance, on the other hand, holds you hostage. What responsibilities does this place on the presenter?
Commissions are not always the best funding model. Some projects are more like entrepreneurial ventures, and as such, they require financial risk-taking and the willingness to take on fiscal as well as artistic accountability.
Money has nothing to do with the quality of anyone’s music. That said, for those who choose to put together a living from composing, there are myriad avenues for monetizing one’s output—which can offer both exciting opportunities and an overwhelming career equation to solve.
Why does it still seem novel when artists talk transparently about the money they make from art or other jobs? I wonder if talking about the very unsexy ways we make a living threatens some myth of the “serious artist”?
Alsop’s final festival next year will be her 25th, leaving behind a deep legacy. Her successor will have giant shoes to fill, and multiple challenges.
If that incendiary Spectator article actually had anything to teach us, it’s that there’s intense interest in female composers!
Composer Carolyn O’Brien calls on her ingenuity and strength to create through, and with, severe depression. Read her on the importance of formal structure, a sense of play, and a great husband.
Two composers sit down and talk about depression, PTSD, and how social media can increase isolation.
A composer ventures into deeply personal territory, sharing her unique experience of sound, color, trauma, and the body.
In the first installment of our first-person series on music & mental health, Marcos Balter opens up about anxiety, composition deadlines, and each person’s singular path towards happiness.