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Journal of the
Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association
Volume 10, Number 1 (2010)

Navigating Proximities: The Creative Identity of the Hired Musician

Alan Williams
University of Massachusetts Lowell

    This article concerns itself with the creative role and identity of the hired musician. As part of an ongoing study of musicians working in studio environments, I interviewed a number of freelance musicians in order to gain some insight into their sense of identity and the creative process. I chose subjects that had climbed the career ladder high enough to allow them a degree of agency not afforded musicians who play what Bruce MacLeod refers to as “club dates,” nor the interchangeable laborers of Robert Faulkner’s study of Hollywood session musicians.1 Because of their visibility within the professional realm, many of the subjects of this study requested that their words be attributed anonymously, and I have honored those requests.

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