As a professional musician, one of my greatest satisfactions is to share with other artists and see them grow. This drive to help others is what motivated me to create and mantain projects like Cafemnee, Time For My Music and Success Beyond The Score. It also plays a role in my involvement with organisations like the Musicians’ Union, which fight every day for better conditions in the industry.

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Sammy Stein is an award-winning author, writer, journalist and curator. She has an extensive bibliography dedicated to the jazz scene and the role of women in it. During 2020, she published two books in which I had the honour to participate as an interviewee.

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“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran celebrates long-lasting love, the kind that thrives like a little plant on the kitchen window when is watered with care. It is a good song to celebrate your significant other during Valentine’s Day, but also in any other occasion. My sax cover of the song is included in my album “Reflective Notes”.

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“Femininity is cherished and exploited in the music industry. Producers make their fortunes by selling a version of feminine sexual perfection and we see this through comments such as ‘You sound ok but you just don’t have the right look’ which is mentioned in TV music competitions. The winner goes through a complete make-over with additional air brushing to personify ultimate beauty and achievement. But then, years later, what happens when the menopause hits?”

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In an ideal world, we all would have managers taking care of introductions, contacts, networking, transactions, finances, protocols and so on, but in reality we need to know about all this stuff in order to build a career. Using my background and my experience, I have been spreading useful information to solve this issue for years, and now I have condensed all of it in a single website: http://www.successbeyondthescore.com

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