May 31, 2010 1:55 pm
Welcome to the blog, Dits&Dahs, authored by Sue Sinclair.

I first played a Wurlitzer organ at a year-and-a-half old. Not very well-played, needless to say, but started learning in earnest shortly thereafter (when feet touched the pedals). Learned a few more instruments – clarinet, alto saxophone, oboe, English horn, piano, synthesizer – whilst growing up and realized music is as essential to my existence as breathing.

Then came the question: How do I make a living playing music? Quite challenging, given the number of  talented musicians playing the same instruments and competing the same few gigs. Yes, teaching privately helped pay for the rent and food. But, it was meager, so when I was offered a full-time job in a music store, I took it. The main burden of providing the basics for living was now covered and still allowed me a bit of time to write, play and teach.

A few years as a sheet music department manager and I accepted my first music publishing position – assistant to VP, Business Affairs. I figured if I were to make a living as a musician, I’d better learn how the business works. What better way than to work at a music publisher?

Years past, one publisher position after another and I now have an idea of how it all works – that is, the more you know, the more you realize what there is to learn.

Today, after 23 years of career corporate music publishing, I am an independent musician (again).