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    A hard day’s night: building sustainable careers for musicians

    Gee, K. and Yeow, Pamela (2021) A hard day’s night: building sustainable careers for musicians. Cultural Trends 30 (4), pp. 338-354. ISSN 0954-8963.

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    Traditional career theories are largely situated in organisations, where career trajectory is mostly an upward movement, usually associated with greater managerial responsibility and corresponding salary and benefits increase. With increasing growth in the creative economy and creative class, this article examines the complexity of creative work patterns and the associated skills required for sustainable musical careers. A longitudinal qualitative case-study approach documents the careers of eight professional musicians. Interviewees narrated their last decade through semi-structured interviews, which were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings suggest that musical careers are multifaceted and tend to have a lifespan effect. To remain sustainable, a baseline of well- maintained technical skills and musical expertise was a given, but a myriad of soft organisational skills was key.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Creative industries, career outcomes, musical careers, higher education, graduate outcomes
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Pam Yeow
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 12:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:11


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