So! It's been a busy couple of months for yours truly, joining the ISM, revamping the website, new business cards, coming to grips with a new position at my College and setting up my private teaching. It's slow going, but worthwhile. I'm really happy with the way the studio is developing and I hope that you are to. I'm just waiting for the new framing to come back, the curtain to be put up and then it's all done! I am thinking of producing rehearsal and backing tracks for people, but I'm not too sure yet - loads of ideas to be coming up with. What do you think?
As it is coming up to the festive season, this is one of the busiest times for musicians, so here is a plea. When booking a musician for a concert or to provide music for your venue, please don't ask them to do it for free. Musicians have spent a lot of money on training, equipment and have spent hours rehearsing for your gig. Do not expect them to do it for free - you wouldn't expect a dentist to do free work or a barman to work for free would you? It's the same for musicians. This definition of a musician always makes me smile
Professional Musician: A person with 5 grands worth of equipment transported in a car worth £500 to a gig that will pay £100.
That sorts of sums it up doesn't it?
What's next for me? It's been a quiet concert season with just the College concert to do, but then it all kicks off when we go back on the 2nd January with preparation for the College's 24 hour concert. This is one of the things that I am most proud of. Over the last four years, we have raised over £10,000 split equally between a chosen charity and the Music Department. This year the charity is the Nayamba School (www.nayambaschool.org). This will be the last one for a while, but I'm looking at doing something different next year.
Past beneficiaries of the concert have been
The Helen Foundation,
The Snooky Trust
All worthwhile Charities based here in South Devon.
I will blog again next month and let you know what is happening at Chez Waterworth.
So all that's left for me to say is I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and New Year.