On Finding Balance in Our Musical Lives


Navigate to different topics in this panel discussion


Rose Bellini and Jim Holt are NYC-based young musicians, balancing responsibilities as performers, composers, administrators, bloggers, writers, entrepreneurs and more. In this webinar, Rose and Jim will guide the audience through a day in their life, from their day jobs, to gigs. They will explore ideas and strategies for how musicians make a living, including what they call “dirty little secrets.” Finally, Rose & Jim will provide insight into what young musicians need to know beyond their instrument – ie. self promotion, booking, grants, etc. This is a great opportunity to hear first hand how young musicians are crafting innovative careers for themselves, and balancing many diverse opportunities. You are sure to take away a great idea or strategy for creating balance in your musical life!

About the author

Stephen Danyew
Stephen Danyew

Steve Danyew is a composer, saxophonist, teacher, and arts administrator based in Rochester, NY. Danyew composes works for chamber ensembles, large instrumental ensembles, choirs and more, and currently serves as Managing Editor of Polyphonic.org. His music has been hailed as “startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative” by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing “sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication” by the Kansas City Independent. Steve received a B.M. cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music.