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Who owns the band?

On May 27th 1 Comment covering ,

This comes from some recent conversations I’ve had with musicians. The notion of “who owns this?” for bands and chamber groups can be complex. Even with a well-worked-out band agreement it can be complicated. When a music group is young, lots of people support the band from lending a couch to crash on to running the merch table to contributing money and in-kind goods and services. The fans contribute to the band by telling their friends and by … well, being fans. In both the classical world and the pop/rock/etc world, managers invest time on the hope there will be revenues in the future. Read more »

How to Work With a Prima Donna

On May 25th 2 Comments covering ,

Here’s an article of mine in the February Atlas Plugged.

How To Work With A Prima Donna

Michael Jolkovski, PhD

“Prima Donna” (Italian for Leading lady) and Diva are terms originally used to describe the temperamental and demanding tendencies of Opera stars, the rock stars of the 18th through the early 20th centuries. The music may have changed but these demanding tendencies flourish in every medium and genre.

In my practice, I spend a lot of time with my musician clients discussing the problems of working with Prima Donnas — as well as trying to moderate their own career-killing Prima Donna tendencies Read more »

I’m not at liberty to say

On May 25th 1 Comment covering , ,

The only thing worse than a blog that goes quiet is a sheepish post by the author while coming back to the blog. So I’ll spare you. I’ve been having some good experiences with my psychology-of-music-groups project, but the good parts have been explicitly or implicitly under a promise of confidentiality. so I have some good tales to tell that I can’t tell.

This, along with being absurdly busy, is pretty much why I haven’t said anything in this space for a long time. I have been thinking a lot about clever ways I can speak in public about what I have been learning, but it’s not easy. Read more »

What makes a band gel?

On January 11th covering

Not a hair-care preparation — what makes a band develop that unifies je-ne-sais? A new blog by dumbdrummer explores the question. This is highly worthwhile. I don’t have time to say more.

(via Madame Monet)

Sophocles is alive and well and writing for the British tabloids

On January 11th 1 Comment covering

As evidenced by this story on twins separated at birth who discovered their familial bond after … marrying

UPDATE: It’s not just in the tabloids.

FURTHER UPDATE: If you were skeptical of this story from the beginning, you seem to have been right.