Thomas Meadowcroft is an Australian composer and musician. His music often examines aspects of cultural memory in contemporary society, as well as the social and political economies of music in its realisation. Thomas’ orchestral music has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, while his chamber music has been performed internationally with some of the world’s leading ensembles dedicated to contemporary music.
In his Online Masterclass series for Sounds Unheard, ‘An Introduction to the Value of Music’, Thomas provides an introductory lecture for young students on the political economy of music – examining how we produce and consume music in the modern world, and what value music might hold in today’s society.
In the first of three episodes, specifically intended for students and young artists, Thomas discusses the relationship between music and economics. We examine some of the challenges that artists face in the 21st century – the rise of the internet and the gig economy, finding time and space for creativity while paying the bills, and the need to both find and escape from your niche.
With thanks to our Online Masterclass partners Pughouse Studios.