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Creativity is not a gift that is given to you; it is a gift that you get for yourself.
Why is the music of the 20th century (and beyond) so loved, hated, and controversial?
Composer Matthew Whiteside wrote an article about streaming sales in classical music.
There are two main ways musicians make a living.
The practice of gratitude has helped me get out from under the spell of depression and anxiety.
Composer's Toolbox discusses where to find score calls and competitions.
Here is a note on a non-musical form of listening.
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When it comes to applications for opportunities, score calls, competitions, or any sort of professional development in music (and not in music), you will need strong references and deep connections.
If we can reach the 1,000 donor goal and unlock the $75,000.00, it would make student study at the University even more vibrant.
The funny thing about rejection is that it can be profoundly crippling, but also incredibly uplifting.
Broader thoughts on applying to musical score calls and competitions.
A survey of composition competitions every composer should know.
Composer's Toolbox looks at ASCAP and BMI score calls and competitions.
Your go-to guide to score calls and competitions on Composer's Toolbox.
How does one deal with interruptions? We need to get our work in. We still have our own deadlines. And we do need to interrupt others, too, because that is how life happens.
One work that has really helped me recently is a text about Buddhism, but if you remove the Buddhist front it really is a text about being in the moment, regardless of your belief system.
It is invigorating to both think quickly, and to use that to accomplish tasks. However, having racing thoughts is much different than thinking quickly.
In this post, I aim to tackle a feeling of powerlessness we feel as musicians, as a metaphor or mirror to anyone who feels powerless.