An Update from Dave and Cameron

Over the last year, has experienced rapid growth in our readership–something for which both Dave and I are very grateful to all of you. With the increased traffic, however, comes an increased risk of hackers and security concerns.

Some of you may have seen a warning when visiting the site, or found the site to be loading too slow, or noticed the site was down all together. We received feedback from many of you and as always, have been addressing the issue.

This past week our site was down for several hours during which a complete security overhaul was performed. We can’t guarantee there will be no problems in the future, but we have a team constantly monitoring to help it run as securely as possible as we continue to grow.

Meanwhile, we’ve been continually adding valuable content to the site. You might have missed some of it during the outages, so here’s a recap:

The Working Musician Interview Series

We started interviewing musicians that we thought could offer some great advice and insight into the world of the working musician. So far we’ve interviewed these amazing musicians:

We’ll continue next Tuesday with an interview from touring guitarist Jesse Bond, and there will be more in the coming weeks.

Recent Articles

Dave recently changed his focus from music directing to songwriting, and wrote an article all about it, as only he could. Check out How I’m Building a Career As A Songwriter. He also wrote a great piece reflecting on one of his first songwriting projects: ringtones. Have a read at Half A Million Downloads and 500,000 Dilemmas.

We also received another great piece from SFC Joshua DiStefano, our expert Army musician. This time he focused on musicians that have recently joined the Army band. If that’s you, I highly suggest reading his Advice for New Army Musicians.

Finally, I’ve written a couple pieces as well. First I reflected on My Ever-Changing Career as a Musician and explored my changing streams of income over the last decade, and the effect it’s had on my approach to being a musician. I also wrote an editorial piece in response to some industry news, trying to answer the question: Why are there fewer working musicians in 2012 than 1999? Or 1989 for that matter.

Thanks again for reading, discussing, and sharing your experiences as musicians. Happy gigging!

Announcing co-founder David J. Hahn and contributor Geraldine Boyer-Cussac have partnered on a new resource at

The website is a central hub for news and career resources related to music directors in the theatre industry. The site includes a jobs board, blog, forums and events page.

Dave has often written about the music directing career here at In 2009 he started the Theatre Music Directors Facebook Group and Yahoo Group, which now include over 500+ active members. Geraldine founded the Theatre Music Directors LinkedIn Group, YouTube channel and Twitter handle. The new website is a project to bring together all of these online groups and continue the growth of this community. More about the creation of the website can be found at Dave’s article, Why We’ve Built This Site.

The site is launching in BETA mode today and we encourage everyone, especially music directors, to visit and give feedback.

A New York City meet-up for music directors is being organized by for May 27th. See the events page for more info.

Introducing Translated Articles!

Grabar, Lanzar e Interpretar Canciones Versionadas

MusicianWages is proud to introduce translations of our most read articles, beginning with the Spanish translation of “Recording, Releasing, and Performing Cover Songs,” or should we say, “Grabar, Lanzar e Interpretar Canciones Versionadas.”

As musicians ourselves, we’ve realized that many working musicians in NYC are bilingual, and English is their second language. We’d like them to be a part of the MusicianWages community.

If you’d like to see specific articles translated to another language, please let us know. Additionally, if you are a skilled translator, we could use your help in 2012. Contact us with your suggestions or to help.

NYC Meet-Up Scheduled for December 15th and the Theatre Music Directors Facebook Group are organizing a meet-up in Manhattan on December 15th.

All musicians are invited and encouraged to RSVP at the Facebook invite here:

Bring your musicians friends, meet new musicians friends and have a beer. MusicianWages co-founders Cameron Mizell and Dave Hahn will be in attendance, as well as special guest Steve Sensenig, Resident Music Director of the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA.

We hope to see you there!

Sandwich for

Is worth the price of a sandwich? What is worth?

$7 is the price of a sandwich. We’re asking all of our loyal fans and readers for a mere $7. If you can give more we won’t stop you! Help us reach our goal of $2,000.

If has ever helped you get a gig, network with other working musicians or given you a leg up in your career during the last 4 years, then we hope you’ll help us now.

Your generous gift will help us maintain and develop – the community for working musicians.

Click the “Give” button to donate today – and thank you in advance!

*You don’t need a PayPal account to donate!

Congratulations to Bart Kuebler!

Congrats to Bart Kuebler, who won our first Wix giveaway yesterday. There will be another winner today, so get out there and start tweeting!

What Did Bart Win?

Have you checked out yet? They create great looking, search engine optimized, flash websites like this one and this one.

But not just that – you can also create an awesome Facebook page for your organization, band, or project. Read the Wix tutorial on how to use their Facebook templates.

Check out this quote from a news item on Business Wire:

Wix, a free web publishing platform that allows its base of over 11 million users to create websites, mobile sites and Facebook Fan Pages with ease, today released the FB eStore, an application that will allow any size company to accept payments directly on their Facebook page, which is increasingly becoming a destination to buy not just socialize.

Don’t you want to get in on that?

In order to use the really hip Wix features, like using your own domain (with free hosting), site stats and unlimited bandwidth, you’ll need a premium upgrade. That cost $130 a year – but Bart got his first year for free by winning our contest yesterday.

We’re giving away 4 more this week. There will be another winner today – you should enter the contest!

Enter To Win

To enter to win a free Wix upgrade, send us a tweet that finishes the following sentence:

I became a musician because…

Your tweet must include @musicianwages, @wix and the hashtag #wixgiveaway.

For examples:

@musicianwages I became a musician because I love to play jazz! @wix #wixgiveaway

So – a killer website or an awesome Facebook page – which one do you want?

Another Giveaway!

Did you win our MOO business card giveaway? Check out our Facebook page to see if you are one of our winners.

Didn’t win? Never fear, another giveaway is near.

Next week we’ll be giving away free, premium websites from In fact – we’ll be giving away 1 website (a $130 value) everyday, Monday through Friday.

5 chances to win – and the contest will be different this time. Visit the site on Monday, or (hint hint) follow us on Twitter to get the details.

In the meantime, check out and we’ll see you on Monday!

Don’t Forget! Enter To Win 100 Free Business Cards

Entries are still being accepted for our first giveaway. The winners will be announced tomorrow on our Facebook page.

Three of our readers will each win a set of 100 business cards. For a chance to win, answer this question:

If you could have a line from any song on the back of your business card, what would it be?

Visit the contest page and leave your answer in the comments:

Giveaway: Enter To Win 100 Free Business Cards from MOO

The Scholarship for Music Director Training is pleased to announce a new opportunity for music directors in the theater industry.

The Scholarship for Music Director Training, co-sponsored by Singing Onstage Productions, pays for one music director to attend the Weekend Intensive Music Director Training Program, September 16-18, 2011, in New York City.

Applications will be accepted until midnight on September 6, 2011. The winning candidate will be announced on our Facebook page on September 9th.


The Weekend Intensive Music Director Training Program
Offered by Singing Onstage Productions


Friday, September 16 6-10pm
Saturday, September 17 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 18 1-5pm


Davenport Studio
250 W. 49th St., Suite 302
New York, NY 10019

Course Description:

A weekend-long training program for music directors in the theatre industry. The program is designed for those who already play piano, but need further training in vocal technique, piano-conducting, musical theatre history and other skills needed by professional music directors.

Participants will attend panel discussions featuring:

  • David Chase, Music Director of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliott
  • Henry Aronson – Music Director of Rock of Ages
  • Michael Starobin – Orchestrator of Sunday in the Park with George, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Eric Stern – Music Director of Xanadu, Candide, Parade
  • Adam Gwon – Composer of Ordinary Days
  • Anna Jacobs – Composer of POP!
  • Mary Saunders – Voice teacher
  • Michael Roderick – Producer of Scottsboro Boys

For more information, visit the Singing Onstage Productions website.

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, please fill in the form below and be sure to include your resume. Applications will be accepted until midnight on September 6, 2011.

The selection panel includes:

  • David Chase, Music Director of Billy Elliott and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • David J. Hahn, Co-founder of and Associate Conductor of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • Richard Biever, Artistic Director of Singing Onstage Productions
  • Greg Santos, Producer of Singing Onstage Productions

Again, the winning candidate will be announced on September 9th on the Facebook Page.

Application Form

NYC Drummer Meet-up Recap

Drummers Dave Jolley (left) and Josh Samuels pose for a photo with MW co-founder Dave Hahn and reed player Mike Livingston

Thank you to NYC drummer Jeremy Yaddaw for helping organize our drummer meet-up last night (6/12/2001) in Manhattan. We had a great turnout to the event and everyone made some new friends. Find photos, tag yourself and join the community at our Facebook page.

Are you interested in organizing a meet-up in your city? It’s a great excuse to get together with like-minded musicians and make some friends. Pick a date and a location and we’ll help you promote it.

Music Director Meet-Up, 5/22 in New York, NY

Thanks to all the music directors that came out to our meet-up in Manhattan last night. There was a great turn out – 20-25 music directors met for drinks and conversation in the Manhattan theatre district. Find photos at the Theatre Music Director Facebook Group.

Are you interested in organizing a musician meet-up in your city? All you have to do is pick a place and a time – let us know and we’ll help you promote the event.

Further Resources for Music Directors hosts a job board for regional theatre companies seeking music directors. If you are interested in these kinds of jobs you should bookmark that page, visit often and subscribe to it’s RSS feed.

The page is moderated by Geraldine Boyer-Cussac (twitter: @MusicTheatreMD). Theatre companies are encouraged to use this resource.

Music Director Groups

Yahoo email list: Ask questions to MDs in this private email list where only MDs are allowed in

Twitter: Network in a fun way with other MDs @MusicTheatreMD

Facebook: Find and post articles, videos and jobs