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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October 18th was established as World Menopause Day to raise awareness about the issues, experiences and challenges that this natural stage of life brings to a bit more than half the population of the world, yet is hardly spoken about and even considered a bit “taboo”. To contribute to this campaign, I wrote an article for the Musician’s Union to shed some light over life as a menopausal musician.

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‘Time For My Music’ is the name of the community group for female musicians that I created alongside my Cafemnee team, wishing to provide a safe and welcoming environment to have conversations, share resources, improve ourselves and create music together.

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time for my music pre-launch banner

As the director of Cafemnee, I am proud to present ‘Time for My Music’, an online community group that evolved from the virtual activities we made during the lockdown and that aims to offer a space for females in music to connect, share, learn and advance themselves.

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Yesterday, we had a fantastic time online at the Gospel Music concert “Sax Interpretations – Ladies Edition”, where myself, along with Ornisea Williams Hird, Barbara Witter, Rinelle Harrynarine and Ginger Cornwall brought the best of the saxophone to screens around the world. The event was very well received, gathering hundreds of views on Youtube and thousands on Facebook!

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When the times come that society opens up for dialogue and collective improvement, the consideration of intersectionality becomes more important than ever. Obstacles pile up the more of these “little boxes” society manages to fit you in: race, gender, age, financial status, health condition, etc. Cafemnee is a project I created many years ago with the firm purpose of removing some of those obstacles and open the path for artistes, more specifically, for female musicians.

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Reasons why you should not monetise your music online

Not every outlet is suitable for every creator, and given that, as we have mentioned already, each one of us has a limited amount of energy and time, depending on the circumstances it may be best for you to keep your income sources offline. Let’s see if that’s the case!

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The evenings are quiet times that allow you to unwind for the day and let go of the things that trouble your mind. It is a good time to find some goodness for your senses, to listen to new music and let yourself be filled with wonder for the fantastic talent that is out there. One time, doing exactly that, I found the marvelous voice of Cynthia Erivo.

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