“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words
and that which cannot remain silent.”
-Victor Hugo, The Musician’s Way, p. 5

All of us musicians feel something within us that cannot remain silent.

But to forge lasting, full-time music careers, we have to make wise choices about the kinds of work we do and the ways we live our lives.

This post looks at three vital components of enduring music careers.

1. Meaningful Work
To sustain a career in the music industry, we need to develop opportunities to engage in meaningful work. By comparison, if we lack the wherewithal to do so and take on unsatisfying music-related jobs, we’ll eventually look elsewhere to earn a living, and then our music making could be left behind.

2. Ample Income
Along with being meaningful, we need our musical activities to generate sufficient income to cover our living and insurance costs, fund retirement, and allow for recreation.

3. Work-Life Balance
Our musical work can be consuming, but if we don’t make room for relationships and self-care, then our physical and psychological health will suffer. And if we become chronically unwell, our music making will probably stop.

These three components form a triangle of sustainability. When we mind each component, we become artistically, financially, and personally strong:

Diagram Showing the Three Components of a Sustainable Music Career

See The Musician’s Way for strategies to gain the inclusive artistic, professional, and self-care skills that make sustainable music careers possible.

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All content © 2013 Gerald Klickstein

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