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The Savvy Musician
by David Cutler
So you’re talented, well trained, and passionate about music. What next? The professional marketplace is flooded with outstanding musicians, forced to compete for a shrinking number of ""traditional"" opportunities. The Savvy Musician helps balance three overriding aspects of your professional musical life: (1) building a career, (2) earning a living, and (3) making a diff...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published October 26th 2009 by Helius Press
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Whether you're looking for inspiration or practical ideas, this book will deliver! Dozens of charts and lists provide handy references, and over 150 vignettes highlighting the efforts of musicians and organizations give you an idea of how an entrepreneurial mindset can play out in the real world. Author David Cutler has done a fabulous job of organizing a vast amount of material into the book’s 350 pages. And After reading it, I have a whole collection of websites that I want to look up for more...more
I bought this book for a Music Entrepreneur Class at Mizzou. The questions Cutler raises are basic, but as a performer I never considered several aspects of putting a recital together that would ultimately boost the experience for everyone. I have a long list of ideas that I will be incorporating into my musical career this year. Better yet, I will have a personal website launched within the month! I recommend every musician wanting to develop their skills to create a lasting career to read this...more
Excellent! Applicable to both classical and pop musicians. Very timely. A must-have. I should just order a copy for myself rather than hoard this library copy. Appendix A is great - opportunity brainstorm. Lots of examples of real musicians and their innovative means to carve a niche. Curated concerts - that's what I've been doing. A business career book for any musician who wants to succeed in this age.
This would probably make a great gift for anyone either entering or just graduating from music school. For anyone who has been working as a professional musician for any time at all though, to me it seemed like mostly common sense. I thought I might pick up a few helpful hints but unfortunately I didn't find anything in here of much use.
Pretty good book. A little basic at times and kinda choppy to read, but the info included is good. I liked the little vignettes about the successful musicians, except that it made me feel lazy and unproductive. C'est la vie, I guess...
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“Traditions that cease to evolve render themselves irrelevant or obsolete. And what's the problem with inventing new performance practices? Are customs being slandered? Do successful alternative diminish the value of traditional ones? *The argument that musicians must embrace conventional rituals is just as perilous as unilaterally rejecting them.*”More quotes…