The Musicians' Handbook is the essential guide for all musicians considering, or just embarking upon, a career in music performance. The book is packed full of advice from those already working in the industry, and offers tips for singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors.
In a time when being a musician means doing much more than just performing, this book will help you prepare for a portfolio career. Articles include advice on marketing yourself, managing your finances, ensuring you are following copyright laws, running your ensemble like a business, succeeding in auditions, finding the right teacher, and even taking up teaching yourself, plus a wealth of other tips and advice.
Most subject areas are also followed by invaluable and up-to-date contact details for companies or events that you will need in your daily work, including music publishers, short courses, instrument retailers, music answering services, specialist accountants, music associations, and much more.
Foreword by Sir Nicholas Kenyon
"This excellent handbook will guide you around the training you need, the options you have and the choices you have to make, in an increasingly complex world, to succeed in the profession. It may not give you talent! But it will help you use the talent you have as productively and imaginatively as possible. It will leave you prepared to tackle a challenging and rewarding career, which is of ultimate value to us all."
Advice for all
Finance and logistics
Promoting yourself – the basics
Tips for singers
Tips for instrumentalists
Conductors and composers
Diversification: the new means of survival