Hello There! Been a long while since I posted up a blog. I hope to resurrect my posts by continuing to promote artists within our community and those who help make the artist community a functioning machine. Currently, going through my own trials and tribulations around advancement in career, whether music or "full time" job, I find myself in agreement with the words in Manda Mosher's Facebook post helpful and worth promoting. Manda Mosher is a full time musician including singer-songwriter, she plays in multiple projects including Calico The Band (which is how we connected), she is a full time mother, wife, family person, friend, and a complete gem. She lives in Los Angeles and has writes various professional posts on her Facebook that encompass a profound way of covering topics with little haste I can relate to. You can follow her on her website, Facebook, Instagram; links below. Enjoy! - Terri Lynn
Calico The Band: https://www.calicotheband.com/
The questions regarding the divide in opportunities for women in music vs opportunities for men in music are vast ~ Billboard’s recent statistic stating that women comprise just under 17% of the business is a reminder of what I’ve seen and experienced throughout my career in both the business and artistic sides of music.
When it comes to territory be it a platform or stage time, radio time or support from labels, publishers or any entity within the business that has figured out how to financially survive or thrive...modern music business models were primarily set up and created by men starting in the 1930s evolving through today. While women now fearlessly tackle fields that were primarily reserved for men in the past ~ there’s plenty left to battle through. Talent alone doesn’t cut it for anyone...that’s a basic given. Business acumen and the ability to fight for or negotiate for territory and access plays a huge role for most artists. If an artist partners with excellent management or business management, that’s an important step because no one is truly the sole architect of success in my opinion...from what I have seen, every success takes a team...be it the same team from the start or a changing variation through the years.
Bringing it back to women, from my experience the women who have “made it” fully work for them have been as fierce and ruthless or more than the men in the same field...or they have been championed by a fiercely competitive male or female (again the team). Taking gender out of it; many artists can point to a manager, label, or business partner that was crucial to building a career.
As an artist I can speak to the joy of creating and sharing...that is at the heart of it in it’s most simple form. The connection between artist and audience is a priceless connecting human experience. If music could remain in that space it would be utopian. When faced with struggle I remind myself of that.
When entering the marketplace with your art...showing it, selling it, sharing it...that is where in my opinion women still face their biggest challenge. When you are told from the existing business structures and those that control it that there isn’t room on the radio or playlists or stages or label positions for women, it takes an infusion of will to push past that fearlessly and not only stand in the worth of your creation and value, but to sell it against the odds.
I’m incredibly grateful for all the men and women who have believed in and supported my creative endeavors and for those that value a balanced creative workspace.
I’m curious to know your thoughts and observations.