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Musicians just want to make music. We get it. Even so, it usually takes some funding to do the music. That means sometimes, you have to put down the instrument for a bit and apply for a grant. It can be a laborious process, and frustrating when your application efforts don’t result in financial support for your career or project. The good news is that there are probably more grant-giving organizations out there than you can imagine and you can learn how to prepare grant applications to increase your chances of being awarded. It just takes some practice. You can do that.

 

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When performers approach a piece of music, they must decide how they’re going to interpret it. The notes may be there on the page, but a lot artistically has to happen for those notes to come into life.  A music arranger is often an integral part of this artistic process.

 

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Have you applied for your summer job yet? If you haven’t – get going; times a-wastin’.

 

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Professional networking can be uncomfortable for a lot of people. Even socially-inclined folks feel networking can be a bit mercenary at times. It can feel like everyone’s constantly assessing how another person can benefit his or her business and career interests.

 

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If you’re a regular reader of the StringOvation blog (and you should be), you may have seen our recent post on the “Top 5 Jobs for Musicians.” One of the top five jobs is music journalist, which can be a great career option for anyone who loves writing as much as they love music.

 

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A sound engineer is one of those great jobs for people interested in both technology and the arts. It requires a lot of technical expertise, but also requires a creative bent that helps musicians and performers realize their artistic intent.

 

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Music students preparing for college know that the essay portion of the application is crucial. If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that one high school senior, Kwasi Enin, was recently accepted to every school he applied, including eight Ivy League schools. Granted, he scored 2250 on his SAT and was in the top 2% of his class, but his essay (which you can read here) is being touted as a major influence. In fact, many admissions board members say that your application essay has the power to solidify your approval or scuttle your chances.

 

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The summer job is a rite of passage. They make movies about summer jobs. But you don't need to get lost in a summer job that doesn't excite you. There are numerous music jobs for student musicians you need to check out that can enhance your music skills and just all around gives you skills you didn't think you had.

 

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Don't you ever wonder how you can make a good living doing the thing you're most passionate about - music! As a string musician, there are so many different avenues open to you for having a successful and rewarding career. Not everyone wants to be the next Joshua Bell or John Williams. Take this quiz and find out. You may discover the dream job you never even thought about!

 

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Budding and experienced musicians have a range of job options available to them. That's the good news. The challenge arises in getting attention from the right people to get the job you want. According to at least one study, people spend around six seconds looking at a resume before deciding if it goes on the "no" or "second look" pile.

 

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August 3 – Pinchas Zukerman & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL. 8:00 PM Zukerman plays...

July 22 - 2Cellos in Concert, Portland

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July 19 - 2Cellos in Concert, Los Angeles

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July 18 - 2Cellos in Concert, San Diego

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater, 5500 Campanile...

July 16, Zuill Bailey & The Bellingham Festival Orchestra

PROGRAMPre-concert talk – Zuill Bailey, guest artist, 6:30...

July 3 to 28 - Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Each year, Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) presents a...

July 12 - Joshua bell & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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July 3 to 7- Benjamin Beilman at The Seattle Chamber Music Festival

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How To Find And Apply For Artist Grants

How To Find And Apply For Artist Grants

Musicians just want to make music. We get it. Even so, it usually takes some funding to do the music. That means sometimes, you have to put down the instrument for a bit and apply for a grant. It can be a laborious process, and frustrating when your application efforts don’t result in financial support for your career or project. The good news is that there are probably more grant-giving organizations out there than you can imagine and you can learn how to prepare grant applications to increase your chances of being awarded. It just takes some practice. You can do that.

 

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What Is A Music Arranger And How do I Become One?

What Is A Music Arranger And How do I Become One?

When performers approach a piece of music, they must decide how they’re going to interpret it. The notes may be there on the page, but a lot artistically has to happen for those notes to come into life.  A music arranger is often an integral part of this artistic process.

 

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14 Interview Tips For Landing Your Summer Music Job

14 Interview Tips For Landing Your Summer Music Job

Have you applied for your summer job yet? If you haven’t – get going; times a-wastin’.

 

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How Music Majors Can Make Connections In College That Will Last A Lifetime

How Music Majors Can Make Connections In College That Will Last A Lifetime

Professional networking can be uncomfortable for a lot of people. Even socially-inclined folks feel networking can be a bit mercenary at times. It can feel like everyone’s constantly assessing how another person can benefit his or her business and career interests.

 

Read More

What Is A Music Journalist And How Do I Become One?

What Is A Music Journalist And How Do I Become One?

If you’re a regular reader of the StringOvation blog (and you should be), you may have seen our recent post on the “Top 5 Jobs for Musicians.” One of the top five jobs is music journalist, which can be a great career option for anyone who loves writing as much as they love music.

 

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What Is A Sound Engineer And How Do I Become One?

What Is A Sound Engineer And How Do I Become One?

A sound engineer is one of those great jobs for people interested in both technology and the arts. It requires a lot of technical expertise, but also requires a creative bent that helps musicians and performers realize their artistic intent.

 

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How to Write Your Music School Essay

How to Write Your Music School Essay

Music students preparing for college know that the essay portion of the application is crucial. If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that one high school senior, Kwasi Enin, was recently accepted to every school he applied, including eight Ivy League schools. Granted, he scored 2250 on his SAT and was in the top 2% of his class, but his essay (which you can read here) is being touted as a major influence. In fact, many admissions board members say that your application essay has the power to solidify your approval or scuttle your chances.

 

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Summer Jobs for Student Musicians - Apply Now!

Summer Jobs for Student Musicians - Apply Now!

The summer job is a rite of passage. They make movies about summer jobs. But you don't need to get lost in a summer job that doesn't excite you. There are numerous music jobs for student musicians you need to check out that can enhance your music skills and just all around gives you skills you didn't think you had.

 

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Which Music Career is Perfect for You?

Which Music Career is Perfect for You?

Don't you ever wonder how you can make a good living doing the thing you're most passionate about - music! As a string musician, there are so many different avenues open to you for having a successful and rewarding career. Not everyone wants to be the next Joshua Bell or John Williams. Take this quiz and find out. You may discover the dream job you never even thought about!

 

Read More

How to Write Your Music Resume

How to Write Your Music Resume

Budding and experienced musicians have a range of job options available to them. That's the good news. The challenge arises in getting attention from the right people to get the job you want. According to at least one study, people spend around six seconds looking at a resume before deciding if it goes on the "no" or "second look" pile.

 

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