Working Out the Details

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


My Word for Home


My music career has made me a nomad: I haven’t had a geographic home base since 2011. With this as my constant, how can I develop a language to define home as more than a location?