POP Symposium

Are Musicians Supposed to Struggle to Break Even? On Career Sustainability

Rialto Hall






There seems to be a certain cultural idea that up-and-coming musicians are meant to sleep in vans and generally struggle at the beginning stages of their careers. But who is excluded from an industry that requires an investment many people don’t have access to? How can we build a music industry that fosters talent from different economic backgrounds?

With Karly Hartzman, Jes Skolnik. Kym Register, Joey la Neve Defrancesco and Ari Swan