Author: Mark Rabideau

Mark Rabideau

It’s easy enough to say you want to build a career in music or make an album or join an ensemble. But how do you get there? Big-picture goals can help inspire and inform your direction, but if you want to make those goals a reality, you’re going to have to dig into the details.  

In this month’s issue, we bring a tight focus to different aspects of musical careers. 

Soprano Estelí Gomez of Roomful of Teeth writes about the importance of defining home as a nomadic musician, navigating the physical, emotional and musical practicalities of a life spent permanently on the road. 

As part of our series on producing original recording projects, Louis Levitt, SYBARITE5 bassist and founder of record label Bright Shiny Things, lays out all the gritty details of building a budget for an album. 

In the first of a two-part installment, we explore the ideas leading change at an institutional level, reaching out to three music school thought leaders – Fred Bronstein, Mary Javian and Tayloe Harding – to learn how to build audiences, foster more inclusive spaces and deepen relationships within communities.

Creativity involves more than imagining new ideas and hoping they’ll happen. It’s up to you to bring them to life. 

Thanks for joining the conversation. 

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM

Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment.

Mark's own entrepreneurial spirit has generated projects ranging from producing and hosting Live from Smoke (a radio show from NYC's
upper-westside), founding and serving as Executive and Artistic Director for Artists Now (a not-for-profit arts organization), producing Worlds End (an original work with the American Repertory Ballet), and founding Art in Unlikely Places (a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved).

Mark regards his bravest moments as a performer as those spent playing with “The World’s Most Dangerous Orchestra” (Juárez, Mexico) and those most cherished while commissioning, performing, and recording new chamber music with his quartet, CTQ.

Mark has a job. He is the Director of the 21st-Century Musician Initiative.
Mark has only one hobby. He collects curious, creative people in his life.
Mark has a wife he adores and three beautifully talented children.