Are You Irreplaceable? [Part II]

Are You Irreplaceable? [Part II]

In Part I of this post, I suggested that we owe it to ourselves and our audiences to be able to answer the question "Why should someone pay to hear me play?" I also intimated that we are all capable of answering this question, finding our niche, and becoming "irreplaceable." Naturally, that leads us to the question of how...


Are You Irreplaceable? [Part I]

Are You Irreplaceable? [Part I]

I took a class in graduate school which dealt with the business side of pursuing a career in music. It was a great class, but forced many of us to confront the reality of the music industry in a way that many of us had never done before. On one particularly memorable day, the teacher started off the class by asking us a simple but direct question that silenced the room. I interpreted the silence to mean that either nobody had an answer, or nobody had the courage to reveal their answer in front…