Every single competition that I have read about includes a line or two about giving young conductors an opportunity to further their career OR help them start their career. Why is it that most of the competitions include professional assistant conductors and well established young conductors? When will we see names that actually need the help and support to further their career? Most of the conductors have a full schedule of international conducting duties or have serious professional conducting appointments. When will we step up and take action against the scam? As artists we like to take part in various political and social movements to support people in need. When will we have the courage to make our own field a better and a more inclusive place? What are we afraid of? Who are we afraid of?
When will the leaders and well known artists question what is taking place. Also, I did not know that to compete you need money? How does that make it fair to all the talented musicians who can't pay those enormous fees? As surprising as it may seem a couple of hundred dollars for an entrance fee is actually expensive. Are we targeting the rich for these competitions? How can we allow competitions to function when they have an entrance fee? Sure, I understand the processing fee for an application. I understand that the airline ticket, room and board is on the competitor but what is an entrance fee? If you can't organize a competition and raise enough funds to support the young artists then you are probably not ready to make the competition a reality.
1. Application fee
2. Entrance fee
This is directed at the competition organizers, nothing against the conductors competing.