As many as 50 per cent of the world’s jazz pianos are in need of replacement, with an estimated 20,000 in the United States alone.
As many of the instruments are owned by established musicians, the pianists often lack the financial resources to maintain them.
And yet, it is an issue that has gained traction with the launch of the Piano for Everyone initiative, an online platform aimed at helping musicians find jobs and better their working conditions.
It aims to increase the number of musicians who are qualified to perform on the highest levels of the music industry, while also making the piano more accessible for people who are currently underpaid.
In the U.S., there are more than 70,000 qualified pianists.
This number has been rising, but is currently in the low teens.
The number of qualified pianist positions has been steadily increasing, but with the decline in wages and unemployment, it remains a challenge for the younger generation to find employment.
“We see the numbers of people who want to play piano increasing and then the demand for the job is going to increase,” says Michelle Riddle, a senior research associate at the Institute of Modern Music.
“There are a lot of young people who don’t want to be unemployed, and there are a number of opportunities to fill those positions.”
One way the Piano For Everyone platform aims to help is by allowing musicians to connect with employers.
“It is a great way for a young pianist to get their feet wet in a new industry and maybe even find a job,” says Riddle.
“Pianists are a really good example of the talent pool of the young people, and we need to keep them in the game, in the business.”
One of the many opportunities the PianoForEveryone platform offers is to connect musicians with other people with similar interests and talents to the pianiste they are considering.
The platform includes profiles of musicians from across the world, with the option to add them to your personal profile or to include them in your music career.
“In general, we see that it’s a great opportunity for young people and it’s an opportunity to build a career,” says Andrew Leighton, president and CEO of the American Federation of Musicians.
“That’s why we’re so excited to partner with the PianoforEveryone platform.
We think it will be a great partnership that will help pianists find jobs, while offering them a way to connect and collaborate.”
One area where the platform is looking to connect is with the music education sector.
As the music community has become increasingly online, so has the demand and opportunities for teachers.
“As the music business continues to grow, we are seeing a huge need for more educators,” says Leighton.
“The PianoForSure program is really good at helping to meet this need, as we are now in the 21st century.”
In fact, the PianoFORSure program has already helped thousands of people across the U, and the future of the program is to help musicians with their music education needs, he adds.
“I think we’re seeing a big opportunity for musicians to be trained by professionals, and to build careers and careers that will benefit our entire music industry,” says Dr. Michael Schmid, a professor of music education at the University of California, Riverside.
“When it comes to learning music, the best way to get a good job is to learn music, and if you’re in a job that is looking for a professional musician, you’re doing it wrong.”
PianoForSomeone.com is now open, and is being launched in a number for schools, hospitals, colleges and universities across the United State.
The goal is to offer a platform that will provide a new opportunity for all musicians to gain access to the world of music and earn a career in the music and teaching sectors.
“A lot of musicians are working hard and are looking for opportunities, and piano is a good way to start that process,” says Professor Riddle of the Institute.
With the launch in the U-20 region, PianoForOne.com will offer pianists opportunities to gain experience in other disciplines. “
If they are able to get the education and work experience they need, they can become the best musicians they can be.”
With the launch in the U-20 region, PianoForOne.com will offer pianists opportunities to gain experience in other disciplines.
The program aims to be an incubator for future careers in music education, and provides scholarships for students who choose to pursue a professional career in music.
“This program is going in the right direction and I think it’s going to give a lot to a lot more young people,” says Schmid.
“At the end of the day, I think this is going be an incredibly powerful way to give young people an opportunity and to give them a pathway to be successful.”
With PianoForEverybody.com, it has been made possible for musicians who want a professional future to build skills and develop the confidence