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Musician 3.0 – A Profession with Good Prospects
07.11.2012
„Which professional perspectives and career possibilities do graduates of music colleges have nowadays? Which role will traditional music professions play in the future and, by association, what will be expected of professional education in the music sector?“ Representatives of the music industry and education sector as well as alumni and current students discussed these issues at the „Musician 3.0“ conference from October 17-18, 2012 at the University for Music in Dresden (HfM Dresden). Rainer Pirzkall, graduate of the master’s program Music Management, leader of the band „Carlos Reisch“ and project manager of Nürnberg’s department of culture, introduced the Center for Contemporary Music and the master’s program Music Management in a poster session.
University for Music, Dresden

Primarily representatives from the music industry, among others Dagmar Sikorski (Managing Partner of Sikorski Music Publishing) demanded a stronger emphasis on music management from music colleges. Nowadays musicians should be somewhat knowledgeable about legal, managerial or media theoretical aspects beside their academic music know-how and the command of their instrument. If and how music colleges can or want to meet these demands through change management was the central theme of the conference.

The need for qualified graduates in music or culture management seems to exist. Interest for better education in these areas on the part of music students is minimal, however, explained Prof. Ekkehard Klemm, Dean of HfM Dresden. Relevant course offers already exist, but registration for these courses is very modest. Whether this has something to do with the focus of the course offer, or whether music students are not interested per se, could not be resolved decisively. All participants were in agreement that music students are primarily set on making music: getting up on stage and into the limelight; all else takes a back seat. It is only at the end of their studies or even years later, that musicians regret not having sufficient training in the music management sector.