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“We live in an era where music schools are pumping record numbers of
outstanding performers and composers into an oversaturated workforce.”
Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina
“Adding to the problem is our continuing production of increasing numbers of music degrees, now more than thirty thousand
American collegiate degrees a year, in a field where there have never been many jobs but where there are now fewer each year.”
Former Director of the Eastman School of Music
Former President of the New England Conservatory
Former Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin
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