Making Music Work aims to identify key success outcomes for portfolio musicians and provide frameworks for applying these to professional training and lifelong learning trajectories. This will enable more musicians to sustain themselves successfully. Our research will be undertaken in two phases. In Phase One, we will be undertaking a national survey of musicians and, in Phase Two in-depth qualitative case studies of 12 musicians. These case studies will engage with musicians from a variety of geographical locations across Australia, and work to provide examples of the various ways in which they have managed to develop and sustain successful careers in music.

The project seeks to examine the ways in which Australian musicians are currently navigating their careers in a highly dynamic and diversified sector. Making Music Work will create a comprehensive and detailed picture of the working lives, career trajectories, and economic circumstances of portfolio musicians in Australia.

The project, which has received financial support of an ARC Linkage Grant (LP 150100497) is being led by the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University (ethics approval 2016/524), with industry partners at the Australian Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, Culture and the Arts (WA), a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and the Music Trust, as well as colleagues at Curtin University and the University of South Australia.

For more information please contact:
Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Project Leader) b.bartleet@griffith.edu.au or
Dr Christina Ballico (Research Fellow) c.ballico@griffith.edu.au