Sammy Stein is an award-winning author, writer, journalist, and curator with a deep interest in the situation and role of female musicians on the industry. She reached out to me for one of her latest books, “In Their Own Words, Interviews With Women In Jazz” to have a conversation about my experience as a professional musician, both in terms of my music production and my community projects involving women in music.

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There is an opportunity to speak up for musicians, but we must hurry: each year, the chancellor of the exchequer – the government’s chief finance minister – makes a Budget statement to MPs in the House of Commons. On 2021, the speech will be delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak this Wednesday 3rd March. Mr. Sunak’s choices are going to shape the finances of the country for the upcoming year, and it is essential that he knows about our struggles.

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Sammy Stein’s book ‘In Their Own Words’ was supposed to come out half a year before her other work, ‘Gender Disparity in UK Jazz: A Discussion’, but the circumstances said otherwise and the two of them saw the light with only weeks of difference! Get it now on Amazon UK or 8th House Publishing.

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A new year usually means new energy and ideas to achieve our goals, but the events of 2020 pose a particularly difficult challenge: the impact that COVID-19 has had on the economy, and how it has compromised the viability of a big portion of the entertainment industry events, make for a rather somber panorama for 2021. This is no reason to give up, of course, but to seek all the resources and help that could boost your work and help you navigate the upcoming months.

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After finishing the ‘Electronic Press Kit’ segment of my podcast ‘Success Beyond The Score’, this week AffinityXtra Radio will start covering one of the main topics of interest this year: how to earn music online through music. What to take into account? How and where to start? What to consider to take good decisions? Learn this and more tuning in tomorrow between 12PM and 1PM.

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