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Between the crowd and the band: Performance experience, creative practice, and wellbeing for professional touring musicians

Andrew GEEVES, Samuel Jones, Jane Davidson, John Sutton

International Journal of Wellbeing | International Journal of Wellbeing | Published : 2020


In some musical genres, professional performers play live shows many times a week. Arduous touring schedules bring encounters with wildly diverse audiences across many different performance ecologies. We investigate the kinds of creativity involved in such repeated live performance, kinds of creativity that are quite unlike songwriting and recording, and examine the central factors that influence musicians’ wellbeing over the course of a tour. The perspective of the professional musician has been underrepresented in research on relations between music and wellbeing, with little attention given to the experience of touring. In this case study, we investigate influences on positive and negativ..

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