music workers diary

the music industry and how to survive it

Music Workers Diary

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I started the Music Workers Diary in April 2020 after working as a musician on a cruise ship based in San Francisco at the start of the international pandemic. It was originally intended as a lockdown blog but has since evolved into something else – stories about the life of a working musician, professional advice, who knows where it’s going. Eventually I want to write the book – the Music Workers Diary. Wish me luck.

This site links with the Music Workers Diary Facebook Page and my musicians website http://mikekneafseyguitar.com providing information for working musicians, top tips for guitar players, as well as access to recordings and films of original songs and acoustic covers.

I write blogs, songs, play professional acoustic covers gigs and teach the guitar online and offline.  Best of all I love hanging out with musician friends and playing together. Bass players, singers, cello, double bass, drummers, second guitar. Check out https://mikekneafseyguitar.com/2020/08/05/socially-distanced-musicians-lets-busk-in-the-street/

A professional musician since 2005, I originally graduated in Sociology, then trained and worked as a local journalist before moving into environmental education and FE teaching. Prior to the 21st century I was fronting indie folk bands Kaikoura and Indian Runner as well as trying to help save the planet which involved gigging, dreaming, working outdoors and travelling.

I am planning to registered with HMRC as self employed again (from June 2022). I’m also a member of the Musicians Union.

Tales from a coronavirus cruise survivor

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