Playing for a Living

September 29th, 2011

Frequently, I speak to musicians who are doing much more than just playing in order to earn a living.  A lot of them are teaching, composing, or working day jobs just to keep the income coming in.  Don’t get me wrong, there are many that for whom teaching is a passion, and it’s more of a career to them than playing.  But there are also many that see their teaching gigs as a ‘necessary evil’ just to keep a paycheck coming in.  A lot of musicians turn to ship gigs because they’re tired of the rat race.  Tired of bratty kids or tired of the 9 to 5.  It’s definitely not for everyone.  Not everyone’s personal situation allows the flexibility to get out of town for 6 months at a time, but for those that are able, the chance to play every day in a professional setting is the opportunity that they’ve been waiting for.

Greg Buckles, Account Manager



  • Peter Walls says:

    I loved your website PROSHIP website – extremely informative thank you. But why did the blogs stop in September 201?


  • I think playing for living is the most enjoyable profession. If someone’s passion is music then playing will be pleasure for him or her. Then they will absolutely enjoy their profession.

  • dthibault says:

    Hi Peter,

    I am glad you enjoy our site. You ask a good question. The answer for no blog entry since September is simply the lack of time. This is our busiest year to date with a year on year growth of 17% compared to last year. We now have 11 recruiters working full time to find great musicians interested in working ar sea, so we’re busy. Your comment is well taken, so check out today’s entry from Dan D’Urbano, our latest in-house recruit.

  • Yes. The joy of every musician is just to play their thing according to the music that they loved. It is just an additional thing that along with the joy of performing their music is a good salary with it. Nice. Good site. Definitely worth bookmarking! Cheers brother :)

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