photo of 3 musicians“Lifelong creativity isn’t given to you. You must earn it and attend to it every day.”
—Eric Maisel (Creativity for Life, p. 319)

To build creative, satisfying careers, we musicians need to cultivate both artistic and professional abilities.

Nonetheless, many music schools neglect to address students’ career development, despite the fact that their mission statements claim to prepare graduates for professional success.

Why the omission? Mainly, schools haven’t fully updated their curricula to match 21st-century realities.

To help musicians fill the education gap, I offer 7 career-building strategies. Links point to other posts on this blog.

Seven Career-Building Strategies for Musicians

1. Forge an artistic vision that’s specific, realistic, and altruistic.

2. Discover ways that you can create value in society through your music.

3. Differentiate yourself from others in your genre.

4. Plan for long-term sustainability.

5. Identify ways to gain competitive advantages.

6. Tap multiple income streams.

7. Grow a professional network.

See The Musician’s Way for guidelines to establish your musical and professional foundations.

7 Music Career Myths
8 Ways to Build Sustainable Music Careers
Differentiate or Disappear

Preparing for Portfolio Careers

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