Before you begin assembling a roster of artists, you need to consider your goals and resources. Ask yourselves the following questions:
The programming needs of host venues are likely to range widely, from single performances to interactive, long-term projects involving the creation of new music. As your programs and relationships evolve over time, you will very likely need to revise your recruiting strategy in order to ensure that there are enough roster artists capable of this kind of composition- or project-based work. At Carnegie Hall, for example, because we were doing a lot of generative work and longer-term projects, we discovered we needed performers who possessed additional skills, such as composing, improvisation, and arranging.
As a major performing arts organization located in New York City, Carnegie Hall has access to a large pool of professional musicians of all kinds, including visiting artists who may be recruited for special projects. If your artist pool is smaller or less diverse, you may have to tailor your programs accordingly. The one criterion that should never be compromised is quality: For community work to succeed, the artistic standards must be high.
At Carnegie Hall, our basic criteria include:
Because one of the goals of Musical Connections is to provide artists with a great learning experience, it is important to ask the following questions as you assemble your artist roster: How much time can we devote to the professional development of our artists, in both formal workshop settings and through informal interaction? How far can our budget stretch? Your answers will help you develop a realistic plan that allows for solid, ongoing support for artists.
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