A long way to the top: Australian musicians balance multiple roles to make their careers work

Brydie Leigh Bartleet, Ben Green, Christina Ballico, Dawn Bennett, Ruth Bridgstock

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    Abstract

    [Extract] Over the past three years, our Making Music Work project has mapped the creative, social, cultural, and economic realities of a music career in Australia.

    We surveyed nearly 600 musicians to understand their working lives, creative goals, career paths and economic circumstances. We also conducted interviews with 11 diverse musicians to explore their careers in more depth.

    Our study shows the vast majority of Australian musicians undertake a portfolio career which encompasses concurrent and often impermanent roles. This is not a new phenomenon but in recent decades there have been major shifts in how music is made, paid for and consumed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe Conversation
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2020

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