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Beyond the BeatMusicians Building Community in Nashville$
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Daniel B. Cornfield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160733

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160733.001.0001

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Identities in Play

Identities in Play

The Contemporary Generation of Enterprising Artists

(p.65) Chapter 4 Identities in Play
Beyond the Beat

Daniel B. Cornfield

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the contemporary generation of enterprising artists in Nashville. Presently in their late teens, twenties, and thirties, this generation has been mentored to become enterprising artists by the earlier transformative generation discussed in the previous chapter. This new generation enters the musician community of enterprising artists that had been forged by the transformative generation. The contemporary generation harbors the same strategic and risk orientations as that of the transformative generation: a strategic orientation toward the pursuit of artistic freedom and a direct engagement with music consumers; and a personal risk orientation of “indie-DIY” self-determination and continuous self-instruction in a widening portfolio of artistic and support skills, as well as close attention to collegial interpersonal relations with immediate collaborators.

Keywords:   enterprising artists, contemporary generation, self-determination, transformative generation, artistic freedom, enterprising artists, self-instruction

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