Maria Schneider: Surviving in the Music Business
Maria will share her view of the music business and various self-promotion/entrepreneurial efforts (including the use of the Internet) she’s made to establish and sustain her career.
Maria studied at the University of Minnesota, University of Miami, and the Eastman School of Music. She also studied composition with Bob Brookmeyer and served as an assistant to Gil Evans. The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra started in 1993 and has played all over the world. She has received numerous commissions and has guest-conducted extensively in Europe, the United States, and many other locations including South America. Her first three albums were all nominated for Grammys and in 2005. Concert in the Garden won a Grammy for the Best Large Ensemble Album. It also received the Jazz album of the Year in the Jazz Journalists Awards and Downbeat Critics Poll. Both organizations also awarded her Composer of the Year and Arranger of the Year. Sky Blue, released through her website in July 2007, had the recording process documented on her website (a most innovative gesture). As Downbeat has reported, “She has been entrenched among the ranks of America’s leading composers.”