Spotlight on Innovation: The Big Trouble

October 15, 2018 In: Ahead of the Beat

The following post was written by Drew Worden and Ivan Trevino, members of the group The Big Trouble. Hey everyone, it’s Drew and Ivan. We started a band called The Big Trouble and wanted to share a few things we’ve learned after our first year working together. In 2017, we were awarded a $15,000 Arts […]

Finance Resources for Musicians

October 10, 2018 In: Sound Bits

We recently came across a great blog,, which has a number of helpful posts for musicians: Estimated Tax Payments for Musicians Information on the New 20% Pass Through Deduction for Musicians: here and here Starting a Profitable Music Studio  and more… is written by Scott Stratton, a professional trombonist based in Dallas, TX, […]

Building Multi-Layered Collaborations in Contemporary Music

October 1, 2018 In: Ahead of the Beat

The following post was written by Austin Wulliman, violinist in the JACK Quartet, who was awarded a 2018 Paul R. Judy Center Grant.  This August, JACK took the stage on the TIME SPANS Festival in New York City alongside the technicians and producers of the incredible SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg to present a concert of music […]

Interrupting Disruption: Reinventing Classical Music for the 21st Century

September 24, 2018 In: Ahead of the Beat

The following post was written by Belinda Ho, a violinist and music entrepreneur based in Miami, FL. Explore her projects at and In recent decades, the music industry has experienced total disruption. Surveys by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) show that between 2008 and 2012, audience attendance declined for traditional art forms (theatre, classical […]

Music Ensembles and Sustainability: Part 2

September 19, 2018 In: Sound Bits

In part 1 of this series, we asked the question, “do you want this ensemble to be sustainable?” In part 2, let’s look at obstacles to sustainability. In reality, there can be a lot of obstacles to sustainability – competition, personnel, funding, management, and the list goes on. Let’s focus on just one – the […]

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