The information gathered here came from a sampling of singers who are just past the Young Artist Program level and could be labeled either emerging professional or professional singers. Generally, they are in their late 20s and early 30s. All have master’s degrees and have sung at companies throughout the country and abroad—companies at a variety of budget levels, including those at the very top bracket. About half are managed singers.
Talking with singers about money yields two responses: groaning about not having any or changing the subject. The financial realities of being a singer are grim: we make very little and our expenditures for audition fees, travel, voice lessons, and coachings are high—plus we have to eat and live indoors. Few singers are educated about finance, business or personal, which creates a sea of singers without a plan for their financial future. “While you may look successful,” noted one singer, “you are probably not making enough money to feel succes...
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