Sounding Board

I am offering online consultations to ‪any composers interested in conductor feedback on their ensemble scores or sketches. While there is no guarantee my thoughts and impressions will be representative of other conductors, I hope my own unique performance and repertoire experience might be useful to your creative process!

“Kelly’s good and very detailed. Young composers – and even old composers – will learn things from her.”    Andrew Ford

I realise many of us are currently experiencing financial hardship and I am not looking to charge a traditional fee for these sessions. Instead I would be very interested in the possibilities for

  • Project collaborations
  • Network introductions
  • Access to materials, resources or equipment
  • Skill swap: promotional, editorial, advertorial, production assistance, copywriting, proofreading, photography, graphic design, copyist work, project documentation etc
  • London timebanking
  • Buy me a coffee!

I will devote study time to your score equivalent to the value of the package you can offer me in return; followed by a list of my observations and/or provocations by email and a realtime discussion on your comms platform of choice. There is much of value to me within the share economy and I am very open to negotiating a mutually beneficial arrangement with anyone interested in this service.

Sounding Board: Proposal
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Turning the Page for the Arts

Originally posted at Journal of Beautiful Business:

template-258x173-1A conversation with the conductor and page turner Kelly Lovelady

Tim Leberecht

Artists have suffered tremendously from the pandemic. Many have lost their income and realized that the safety net protecting them is even more fragile than they had feared. Add to this the underlying socio-economic challenges that the cultural critic William Deresiewicz aptly depicts in his recent book, The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech. At first glance, the democratization of the arts through digital technology might let you conclude that “There’s never been a better time to be an artist.” Many artists, however, feel differently: There’s never been a worse time to be one. Despite (or in fact, because of) the gig economy, as well as the long tail of digital platforms and crowdsourced funding mechanisms, revenue for most creators is falling. They may now have “universal access” to the audience, but “at the price of universal impoverishment,” as Deresiewicz puts it.

As we are all desperately wanting to turn the page and open a new chapter, I spoke with someone who’s not just an artist but also professional page turner: London-based Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady. Lovelady is the founding Artistic Director of Ruthless Jabiru, a chamber orchestra dedicated to exploring humanitarian and social justice stories through new music to promote compassion, sustainability, and social consciousness. Continue reading

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