Written by Sean Botha (H.S. Botha)
In Australia a very small percentage of musicians are privileged to earn a sustainable income from their creative practice. I ask myself: is it the same for musicians in Britain and even in the United States of America?
I know that a majority of European countries embrace the arts, including musicians, composers and performers. A part of me knows that it is possible to earn a living creating new music, another part of me doubt everything I’ve been told about how to be successful as an artist.
As musicians we have to navigate social media platforms which seem to have taken on business models which do not cater to musicians who are relatively unknown.
Yes, there are many paths to success, and yet these paths are hidden in the digital world. Any activity in the real world where we meet people face to face is waning. Our reliance on digital mediums is too heavy, but networking can be difficult, even for well-known artists.
How can emerging artists pay for all these digital services when we are living from one pay cycle to the next?
— To be continued in our January 2020 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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