Are the Arts and Culture a waste of time and money – a luxury for the rich and the elite?

For those of you who are interested in continuous professional development (and looking to treat yourself for Christmas I can’t recommend this book highly enough. As a musician and business owner I try to push myself and my thinking beyond the boundaries of “normal” and this book certainly opens your mind to that.


Interestingly, the author refers to a study conducted by Michigan State University that “… compared Nobel prize-winning scientists with other scientists from the same era. The Nobel Laureates were twice as likely to play a musical instrument, seven times more likely to draw, paint or sculpt, twelve times more likely to write poetry, plays or popular books and twenty two times as likely to perform at amateur acting, dancing or magic. Similar results were found for entrepreneurs and inventors”.

And to think that the arts and culture are not classed by many politicians in the UK as viable and are a luxury? 

Thank you to all of you who have read my blog in 2020. It’s been an horrendous year for so many freelancers and people involved in the arts, including Music for You, but many have suffered far worse so I count my blessings that I’m still here – alive and well! Let us now hope and pray that the new vaccine will be the catalyst that brings an end to this Covid nightmare and sees us return to some semblance of normality very soon.

I wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas and hope that you will be able to share some time with your loved ones. Now bugger off 2020 and let’s see what 2021 has in store for us!

Merry Christmas/Nadolig Llawen!

Is there any point in attending networking events? Assume at your peril!

Music for You – Networking

My point then? Well, apart from an impassioned, informative and extremely enjoyable speech by Tim, who spoke of his own difficult personal journey (dealing with prejudice and bullying) and his love for the Creative Arts, here are a selection of  people who I met that evening:
Person A – I already knew and had done some business with previously, where he had provided my marketing materials
Person B – was an accountant who used to play a flute and was a prospective player for the Royal British Legion of Wales, whom I conduct
Person C – A Chartered Surveyor who previously played a brass instrument and we shared mutual friends and colleagues
Person D – was MD of a Commercial Finance Company, who had financed a fleet vehicle for a band that I have worked with and we shared a number of acquaintances
By the way, Tim, as well as being a singer and conductor also used to play a brass instrument with  brass band that I used to conduct!
So, next time you ask yourself whether attending a networking event will be worth it, or whether you will have anything in common with anyone in the room, think hard before answering! Remember the old saying “To assume, is to make an ASS of U and ME”!
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