In the middle of the corona period, between January and August of this year, we did several surveys about work, money and satisfaction of musicians in Switzerland. Would you like to know exactly how it looks like? Here you can find the answers:(more…)
New since this summer in the Notenloft in Zurich Oerlikon: by the hour, flexible, rentable online
In the Zurich area, flexibly rentable, high-quality practice and teaching rooms for musicians are in short supply. More and more people are living in confined spaces; house rules strictly dictate if and when music may be played. This makes it difficult for many musicians* to practice at home. Some practice less than they want, others practice with a bad conscience or not at all. If you want to give music lessons privately, you should be happy if you find a room that can be rented permanently. If you only want to teach a smaller workload, or at different locations, this is often not worthwhile.
for the financing of a study program
The financing of a study program can be a great challenge and is one of the most important questions that should be clarified before beginning the study program.
In principle, parents are responsible for the financing of initial vocational training (vocational training, studies / training according to grammar school and specialized high school diploma) (according to ZGB, Art. 276 and 277). But what if the parents are not able to meet the required maintenance obligation due to insufficient financial means?(more…)
Our experience shows that the effort and the costs involved in a professional and well prepared performance are unfortunately often underestimated, forgetting that a musician is a small business. The annual costs for social benefits, insurances, instruments (maintenance, spare parts, new purchases…), premises and so on must be covered by the annual income. And in addition, of course, the idea of making a profit would be “to earn something with it”.(more…)
8 Questions and answers about instrument insurance
As we saw in our last newsletter the regulations of the CITES Convention also affect the music industry. Although there has been some easing in the musical instrument sector since the beginning of December 2019, some woods are still regulated.
In addition, the question may rightly be asked in the course of the discussion about sustainability:
Is it really necessary to use tropical wood on an instrument if there is a local and sustainable alternative with the same sound?
CITES is the international convention for the protection of animal and plant species and regulates, among other things, the import and export of certain materials such as wood, which are also used in instrument making.
As a consequence of the regulations, musicians may no longer be able to travel internationally with their instrument or only with certain documents (“instrument pass”).
… and need money.
Where can I find financial support for my concerts? There are numerous foundations in Switzerland that are involved in the musical field and support concerts and tours. Most of the foundations limit the number of applicants by means of specific guidelines.(more…)