Resources for Competition Applicants

Check out these resources to help you with your CAG Competition application:

Artistic Statements

Your artistic statement should include how you plan to use music to make an impact outside the concert hall. Keep it brief and concise. There is a one-page maximum, but you can say a lot in just a couple of paragraphs.

Sample Programs

Your three sample programs do not have to be from concerts you have performed. They can be past examples or future concert proposals. The sample programs should be varied and demonstrate your personal programming style. CAG also supports our artists in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and educational outreach performances. Your programs may include examples of these.

General Resources

  • Angela Beeching’s book Beyond Talent is a great resource for artists on a variety of areas related to creating a career in music.
  • Use your school or conservatory’s career development office to help you review your materials and hone your responses
  • Dana Fonteneau is part performance coach, management consultant, financial advisor, and therapist who works with top soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestral musicians. She can help those with established careers and rising talents to clarify their goals and achieve sustainable results.
  • Check out this video of CAG President Tanya Bannister explaining the new Competition guidelines!

Dana Fonteneau and Tanya will present a Facebook Live discussion on CAG’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 6 at 6pm ET/3pm PT about artistic statements. There will be a Q&A, so bring any questions you have about writing your artistic statement!

Resources for Musicians

Violinist Sarah Whitney from CAG alumni ensemble Sybarite5 writes for about how she overcame the difficult experience of being injured as a musician:

What’s the Connection Between Mindset and Musicians’ Pain?

CAG Live! In Conversation

Cultivate Your X-Factor: Create Your Own Momentum (September 26, 2018)

We were joined by Charlotte Lee (Primo Artists), Christina Baker (Opus 3 Artists), and Lee Prinz (Colbert Artists Management) to discuss how young artists can develop their own unique narrative in this evolving industry. The discussion was hosted by CAG’s Tanya Bannister (President) and Chris Williams (Vice President, Artist Management).

A Career With Intention: violinist Jennifer Koh (January 16, 2019)

CAG alum Jennifer Koh was joined by President Tanya Bannister for a discussion about Jennifer’s career path, including her approach to creating new projects and collaborating with composers, her advice for young musicians, and tips and tricks for taking care of herself while on the road.