Music Income, Self Authoring and the Digitally Mediated Career - Video

Boon, H. 2022. Music Income, Self Authoring and the Digitally Mediated Career - Video. London

Title Music Income, Self Authoring and the Digitally Mediated Career - Video
CreatorsBoon, H.
Description

This is a video of my presentation as part of the conference: Music and the University which took place at City University in London. Details of the conference can be found here: https://musicandtheuniversity.wordpress.com/schedule/

The theme for this presentation develops arguments from my previous videos discussing recent reports on musician incomes in the UK.

Abstract
Music students, especially post-COVID 19, face increasing levels of job precarity, uncertainty and difficulty earning a 'good' income. Recent reports of music employment falling by 35% and live revenue decline by 46% (UK Music 2021), with 43% of musicians reporting pre-pandemic music income of £20,000 or less per annum (Sun et al. 2021) and, post-pandemic, 83% of professional musicians reporting not being able to find work (Help Musicians 2021). This presentation will discuss these challenges from two relevant perspectives.

The first uses a combination of Hesmondhalgh and Baker's overall research question 'to what extent is it possible to do good work in the cultural industries' (2010) and Canham's (2021) more recent publication to 'shift' (classical) music careers counselling focus. In essence, how to improve the quality of the subjective experience whilst counselling students to take risks within uncertain conditions to self-author their careers.

The second perspective reviews ongoing research of music creator economies of less well known practitioners, typical of the middle tier, their approaches to creating an economy of self and digital portfolio career development. Whilst the data will be approximate, it will allow for sufficient comparison between income sources across various online revenue systems.

These various reports and research highlight the critical need for music courses and universities to proactively work alongside their students to address issues of contemporary cultural market work, of over saturated markets, job precarity and winner take all economies.

Date25 Jul 2022
Keywordsmusic freelance working
music professions
career destinations
job precarity
well being
self authored careers
digitally mediated careers
social challenges
creativity
cultural work
technology
platform artist
music education
Place of publicationLondon
Web address (URL)https://youtu.be/WXGrWuFkwwE

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