My most recent installment in my series on freelancing features a discussion of the emergence of the the modern symphony orchestra as a full-time employer. If you are interested in the details of modern orchestral funding and the implications of this kind of model, check out ‘Who Killed Classical Music?’ by Norman Lebrecht. It is depressing but quite interesting.
Another book about classical music that I highly recommend is ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ by Blair Tindall. This book chronicles the life of a New York City freelancer, and while my life hasn’t been nearly as colorful as Blair’s, I can certainly relate to her experiences in this business.