musician’s mathematics

A fictional calculation:
If you want to survive let us say you need 42 gigs/concert a year ( not meaning feeding a family of four ) with average standard payment of small concert series and poor guitar festivals and not having the support of a major record company.
It is always something special if a presentor hires you every year,but sooner or later it turns into a rhythm between 2 and 5 years to return, so let us count with 3!
If you write 100 hundred canditures you will get around 70 times no answer, 3 YES, and the rest something between clear “no” and “let us stay in touch, maybe next year”
In my beginner’s years it was 90% with no answer!

So numbers:
42 gigs a year meaning 1400 letters ( 980 no answer)
In three years:
126 gigs meaning 4200 letters ( 2940 no answer)

Correct if my I calculated wrong… but for sure it means that you need a BIIIIIG adressbook!!
How many letter do you write each year?

Author: Heike Matthiesen

classical guitarist

3 thoughts on “musician’s mathematics”

  1. Hi Heike,
    I think only writing doens´t help – since some weeks I do some phone calls after writing and we make big procress – when people had a look on your portfolio, it is most time already done, that for you just have to call them – you know that, right?😉

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