Bernhard Kerres

Selling Hope

Since we founded HELLO STAGE all musicians asked us how they could find a manager. Young musicians hoped that managers could bring them engagements. Established musicians wished for a new manager to boost their careers. Musicians pin their career hopes on management. First of all, let us get back to reality. As we have written …

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Socially Responsible But Not Paying Artists

Over the last few weeks I have read and mentioned several alarming studies about how much musicians actually earn – or one should write how little. In Germany around 20% to 30% of musicians live below the poverty line. After reading my blog post on the Bertelsmann Study about career opportunities for opera singers, a …

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Bleak Prospects for Opera Singers

The Bertelsmann Foundation introduced this week its study about career aspects for young singers in Germany. The motivation for the study is simple – the Bertelsmann Foundation is behind the Neue Stimmen competition for singers, one of the most prestigious competitions for voice. They have realized that even for their price winners life is tough …

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