It is not easy to define the sense of spectacle in classical music. Precision and speed are always a thing of wonder, yes, but the musician cannot leave the act of performing, of giving a character to the interpretation, behind. Yuja Wang knows this very well, and it shows every time she sits in front of her piano.
2020 has been a difficult year for the whole entertainment industry, and the fact concerts and other live events have been shut down by the pandemic has made these times particularly hard for musicians. The precarious situation makes the achievements of this year more impressive than ever, but it also creates more difficult starting conditions for 2021. In order to counter all this situation, we share here some funds and initiatives that can help you pay for education, equipment, projects and more, in order to ensure the viability of your music career in the upcoming months.
The book ‘In Their Own Words’ by Sammy Stein has come out and it is available for purchase!
This week, Millicent’s podcast ‘Success Beyond The Score’ continues on AffinityXtra Radio. The topic of the episodes this time is how to monetize your music online.
Next Wednesday 11th November, the community group Time For My Music will have the monthly topic discussion via Zoom, and this time we are going to talk about copyright. Interested? Join the community and find out more!
October 18th was established as World Menopause Day to raise awareness about the issues, experiences and challenges that this natural stage of life brings to a bit more than half the population of the world, yet is hardly spoken about and even considered a bit “taboo”. To contribute to this campaign, Millicent wrote an article for the Musician’s Union to shed some light over life as a menopausal musician. We invite you to read the full article on the MU website and share it with fellow musicians, no matter their gender: even if you don’t experience something yourself, it is always positive to be informed about it to know how to better support your peers and create good working environments!
Our next Drink, Chill and Chat event on the community group Time for My Music will take place on Saturday 31st October, from 10:00am to 11:30am. It is a Zoom meeting in which the members have the opportunity to catch up, share experiences and comments, and overall have a friendly conversation about music and the music industry while enjoying a hot beverage.
Femininity is cherished and exploited in the music industry. Producers make their fortunes by selling a version of feminine sexual perfection and we see this through comments such as ‘You sound ok but you just don’t have the right look’ which is mentioned in TV music competitions. The winner goes through a complete make-over with additional air brushing to personify ultimate beauty and achievement. But then, years later, what happens when the menopause hits?
Millicent has gone above and beyond to provide this community and the general public with the best insights and resources to achieve success in the music industry. One of her efforts is the free booklet “Revealed: 25 Secrets Of The Successful Gigging Musician, Singer, Rapper & Spoken Word Artiste”, a concise guide full of valuable advise and key points that every aspiring artist in the world of music should know.
The day has arrived! ‘Time For My Music’ has just opened for membership applications, now you too can join our community of supportive women in music to advance in your career with all the resources, guidance and energy you could wish for.