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Calling All Musicians – Help Make Music Work For You

Chris Bowen
| September 25, 2017

Freelance and indeed all working musicians are invited to contribute to research underway designed to assist musicians sustain successful musical lives in the 21st century economy.

Making Music Work is a national research project exploring the ‘portfolio careers’ which are the staple of so many, if not the majority of professional musicians in our so called ‘gigging economy’.

A team led from Griffith University are encouraging musicians to contribute to a national survey, a key part of the project. The anonymous 40-minute survey will provide first hand input to inform researchers on the realities, challenges and opportunities for professional musicians working across the country.

The team want to better understand the dynamics of the working life of Australia musicians, to provide useful data and to inform the profession and policy makers. This information will be used to create a comprehensive and detailed picture of the working lives, career trajectories, and economic circumstances of portfolio musicians in Australia.

Most musicians today combine a range of music and music-related activities, while continuing to draw an income from work outside of the sector. This phenomenon – known as a portfolio career – is widespread but not well understood. This project explores conditions and strategies needed for Australian musicians to sustain successful, dynamic, careers.

You can participate in the survey here. All participants can enter a draw to win an iPad.

Note: Associate Prof Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, leader of this research project, is a Music Australia Councillor and Board Member.

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