Musicians: the systems are broken

If nothing else, Covid has shown us clearly that the systems are broken. That there are long overdue changes needed across all sectors. It’s a tough lesson to learn.

Which systems are broken specifically?

Well, there’s the system that is our democracy.

And the system that is our country.

There’s the system of our healthcare.

And the system our economy.

The system that is higher education.

Not to mention, the system that is the performing arts profession.

All broken.

It’s not just that things are in a “coronopause” and that there’s been an interruption. It’s that the pandemic has revealed so much that is so wrong in each of these areas.

Am I being too bleak? There are a few systems that ARE still in tact

Unfortunately, one that’s still functioning is our systemic racism.

And the system that supports all the ways we abuse our planet.

There’s also the system of zero-sum thinking that’s at the root of so much of our competitive, fear-based, scarcity-laden inner landscapes. Which of course, determines our behavior.

Take this further, because our own personal systems are broken, too

For many musicians, the pandemic has revealed the brokenness of our careers, our lifestyles, support systems, and our dreams.

It’s not just the lost income and the lost concerts.

It’s the friends and loved ones who are gone. And the loss of shared ideas, inspiration, and hope.

Early in the pandemic, it was easy to simply wish we could go back to our former naive lives

But if you’re like me, now you look back at all you took for granted and see how you squandered days, weeks, and years on worries and concerns that now seem ridiculous.

Now that we have a more clear sense of the preciousness of time and life itself, what are we doing about it?

I’ve heard many musicians say that Covid has forced them to take a step back and re-examine the choices they’ve made. It’s gotten them to re-consider their work, their projects, and their priorities.

The crisis has gotten us to question what matters most. What our values are and what our purpose is as musicians.

Not comfortable questions, but important ones.

And that’s a really good thing to come out of this difficult time.

Because these questions have prompted change: I’ve seen clients finally quit dead-end jobs they stayed in far too long because they didn’t have the guts to leave before Covid. And I’ve seen clients courageously take on the projects they’d been delaying for years.

Maybe, like me, you’ve found that the crisis has forced you to ask yourself . . .

Who will you be on the other side of this?

NOW is our opportunity to create new systems.

To rethink whose music we play and why.

To be intentional about who we make music for.

And to clarify the change we seek to make in the world through our music.

NOW is the time to rethink how we connect with audiences, how we design performance experiences, and what kinds of relationships we cultivate with our colleagues and our communities.

I love seeing what musicians and other artists are doing now to actively engage audiences online and make the connections much more human, real, and personal.

Because that’s what we are all craving — real connection

And that’s what music is actually FOR.

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”
― L.R. Knost

If you’d like to find out how getting expert coaching can help you bring more of your best work and your light into the world, let’s talk.

Looking forward,

Dream Big, Plan Smart, Live Well

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