Centuries-old barriers to success are starting to fall.
Audiences are calling on us to include more BIPOC composers.
Students are demanding that schools center the lives and work of BIPOC and LGBTQ performers and composers. Arts organizations are opening up performance venues to broader audiences, and creating programming that has a much wider reach than traditional concert lineup. What a celebration!
Yet for performers, the biggest barriers to learning are only beginning to be addressed…
• 75 to 85% of professional musicians play in pain
• an equally high percentage of students experience pain, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
What a tragic limitation of precious talent!
Outrageous, that an art form with so much beauty causes so much pain to the bearers of its message.