FAQS: How Will I Find A Manager?
This is probably the question which is on the mind of a lot of you.
From a recent study we learned
that only 1% of all professional musicians actually
have management -
the main conclusion to be drawn from that,
you are in the driver seat for your career
and in charge of the support group you build around you.
That group may or may not include a manager.
In any case the key is to get noticed -
of course by your profund music making but as well
from sticking out of the crowd.
This is a whole discussion in itself and there
is no recipe to follow, it is different for everybody.
But in case you are up to 26 years
old this might be a perfect way to end up with some
of the best mangers which are around for young artists!
(my spy tells me if you are a singer, you can be slightly older,
or in case of being an instrumentalist,
if you are 27 and feel that this is absolutely the right thing
for you, you can still give it a shot as well!).
You probably saw the call for artists on the
Orange Board that YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS
in New York posted and I can only encourage you to have a good
look at it! Do send in your application before May 22nd!
That is only the deadline for Europe,
the one for the auditions in America is in August.
The concept of being able to audition for a management specializing in young artists is quite unique and there are only a few organizations which offer that - it is very different from any competition where you might get representation amongst your other prizes (which too is wonderful!). Winners of the Auditions are selected by a Jury of distinguished musicians. The sole criteria are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, and individuality. You compete against a standard of excellence – not each other. And they really have a track record of picking some amazing talents - here is my little list of favorites from their most impressive roster since 1961:
, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Douglas Boyd, Dawn Upshaw, Olli Mustonen, Alban Gerhardt,
Viviane Hagner, Antoine Tamestit, Lise de la Salle, Ray Chen, Benjamin Beilman,
You would surely be in very good company!
First Prize Winners are awarded debut recitals in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston; as well as concert engagements throughout the United States … and on top you get to work with the most amazing people who will watch out for you, encourange you and find opportunities for you to perform and grow by taking care of your artists management for three or more years all complete with publicity and individual career guidance! (above you have a photo of Monica Felkel, Director of Artist management together with Erol Gurol, Programm manager).
European auditions will take place in Leipzig and upon winning those you will be provided with a round-trip flight to NYC plus housing while you are there to take part int he final rounds in NYC in November.
Go to their website to check the details on how to apply, the exact dates etc. : http://www.yca.org/auditions/
When in doubt or if you have a question I am sure they are happy to help - you can reach Erol Gurol on email@example.com
toi toi toi to all of you who will apply - share the #classicalbuzz in Leipzig and beyond with us!!
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
Follow Bettina on Twitter
- you can also
always reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org